Augustus, 27 BC - 14 AD. Silver denarius.

Ancient Coins - Augustus, 27 BC - 14 AD. Silver denarius.
zoom view

Denomination : Silver Denarius.  Mint : Rome.

Date : Issued in 12 BC.

Reference : RIC I, 416.  Sear 1615.

Size : 17.7 x 18.6 mm.  Weight : 3.22 grams.

Grade : Fine.

Obverse : Bare head of Augustus right with AVGVSTVS to the right (there was no inscription to the left of the portrait on this type).  There is a small bankers stamp on Augustus' cheek.

Reverse : Barbarian kneeling right, offering a vexillum, with L CANINIVS GALLVS III VIR around.

During the winter of AD 17-16, the Roman 5th Legion Alaudae suffered the untimate disgrace for a legion when they lost their eagle standard to a Germanic tribe called the Sugambri.   In 12 BC, under the Roman general Drusus, the Romans returned and defeated the Sugambri.

The history books a silent as to what happened to the 5th Legion's standard, but this coin appears to commemorate the recovery of such a standard, the the issue date of 12 BC strongly suggests the kneeling barbarian is a member of Sugambri, returing that standard as a sign of their surrender.

Price SKU: vcoin4438
US$ 235.00
  • € 190.92
  • £ 167.26
  • AUD 305.14
  • CHF 228.53
  • CAD 297.01

Rates for: 04/21/18

Ships from: Canada
Item sold