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Caesaraugusta, Hispania Tarraconensis (Zaragoza, Spain)

Caesaraugusta began as Salduie, a village settled by the Sedetani, an Iberian tribe. Augustus founded Caesaraugusta on the site to settle army veterans from the Cantabrian wars. The city did not decline significantly during the last centuries of the Roman empire and was captured peacefully by the Goths in the 5th century.


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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"The Julian Star" appeared in the sky during the funeral games for Julius Caesar in July 44 B.C. It was a comet and the Romans believed it was a divine manifestation of the apotheosis of Julius Caesar.
SH26033. Silver denarius, RIC I 37a, BMCRE I 323, RSC I 98, aVF, banker's marks, graffiti, weight 3.520 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, 19 - 18 B.C.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus left, wearing oak wreath (corona civitas); reverse comet of eight rays, a central dot and flaming tail upwards, DIVVS - IVLIVS horizontal divided flanking across the field at center; ex CNG; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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"The Julian Star" appeared in the sky during the funeral games for Julius Caesar in July 44 B.C. It was a comet and the Romans believed it was a divine manifestation of the apotheosis of Julius Caesar.
SH48877. Silver denarius, RIC I 37b, RSC I 97, BMCRE I 326, SRCV I 1607, aVF, banker's marks, toned, weight 3.562 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, 19 - 18 B.C.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus right, wearing oak wreath (Corona Civitas); reverse comet of eight rays, a central dot and flaming tail upwards, DIVVS - IVLIVS horizontal divided flanking across the field at center; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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The abbreviation S P Q R / CL V, unfortunately worn on this example, stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus, Clipeus Votivus, meaning the Sentate and People of Rome dedicated a shield [to Augustus]. Augustus was awarded, for his virtue, piety, justice and clemency, a golden shield which was displayed in the Curia Iulia. The tradition of votive shields began in the earliest times, when warriors would take the shield of a fallen enemy to a temple and offer it to a god. Awarding shields to the emperor for display in the Curia, with either his bust or describing accomplishments, became a Roman custom. According to Suetonius, upon hearing of his death, the Senate had all Domitian's shields pulled down from the walls of the curia and thrown upon the ground.
SH64479. Silver denarius, RIC I 42b; RSC I 293, BMCRE I 335, BMCRR Gaul 130, BnF I 1316 ff., Fine/Fair, banker's mark, weight 3.440 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, Emerita or Caesaraugusta mint, 19 - 18 B.C.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head left; reverse round shield inscribed S P Q R / CL V in two lines, dot border; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Caesaraugusta, Hispania Tarraconensis

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Caesaraugusta is today Zaragoza, Spain. It began as Salduie, a village settled by the Sedetani, an Iberian tribe. Augustus founded Caesaraugusta on the site to settle army veterans from the Cantabrian wars. The city did not decline significantly during the last centuries of the Roman Empire and was captured peacefully by the Goths in the 5th century.
SH54837. Bronze as, RPC I 382, SNG Cop 561 var. (different duumviri), VF, smoothing, weight 11.345 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 150o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, duumviri Titullus and Montaunus, 38 - 39 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS IMP PATR PATRIAE, bare head left; reverse C C A / TITVLLO ET MONTANO II VIR, Priest ploughing with team of two oxen right, goad in right, reins in left; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caesaraugusta, Hispania Tarraconensis

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Caesaraugusta is today Zaragoza, Spain. It began as Salduie, a village settled by the Sedetani, an Iberian tribe. Augustus founded Caesaraugusta on the site to settle army veterans from the Cantabrian wars. The city did not decline significantly during the last centuries of the Roman Empire and was captured peacefully by the Goths in the 5th century.
RP57030. Bronze as, RPC I 314, SNG Cop 545, VF, grainy, weight 11.424 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, duoviri M. Porcius and Cn. Fadius, 8 - 1 B.C.; obverse IMP AVGVSTVS XIV, laureate head left, simpulum and lituus before; reverse CAESARAVGVSTA M PORCI CN FAD II VIR, priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen; scarce; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caesaraugusta, Hispania Tarraconensis

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Caesaraugusta is today Zaragoza, Spain. It began as Salduie, a village settled by the Sedetani, an Iberian tribe. Augustus founded Caesaraugusta on the site to settle army veterans from the Cantabrian wars. The city did not decline significantly during the last centuries of the Roman Empire and was captured peacefully by the Goths in the 5th century.
RP50570. Bronze as, SNG Cop 543 (same dies), RPC I 309, aF/Fair, weight 10.227 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 270o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, 25 - 14 B.C., probably 19 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, laureate head left; reverse CAESAR AVGVSTA L CASSIO C VALER FEN II VIR, priest plowing left; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caesaraugusta, Hispania Tarraconensis

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Caesaraugusta is today Zaragoza, Spain. It began as Salduie, a village settled by the Sedetani, an Iberian tribe. Augustus founded Caesaraugusta on the site to settle army veterans from the Cantabrian wars. The city did not decline significantly during the last centuries of the Roman Empire and was captured peacefully by the Goths in the 5th century.
RP33705. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 321, Fair, dark patina, weight 3.994 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 90o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, obverse AVGVSTVS IMP, head right; reverse [CAESAVGVST CN DO AMP C VET LANC II VIR], vexillum on base; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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"The Julian Star" appeared in the sky during the funeral games for Julius Caesar in July 44 B.C. It was a comet and the Romans believed it was a divine manifestation of the apotheosis of Julius Caesar.
SH84740. Silver denarius, RIC I 37a (S), BMCRE I 323, RSC I 98, BnF I 1293, Hunter I 139, SRCV I 1607 var. (head left), Choice near Mint State, mint luster, well centered, excellent portrait, slightest die wear, some legend a little weak, weight 3.723 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, probably Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, 19 - 18 B.C.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus left, wearing oak wreath (corona civitas); reverse comet of eight rays, a central dot and flaming tail upwards, DIVVS - IVLIVS horizontal divided flanking across the field at center; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; scarce; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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When Octavian was awarded the title of Augustus in 27 B.C., he was also given the right to decorate his door posts with laurel branches and awarded the corona civica, an oak-wreath crown given for saving the life of a citizen. The laurel branches, a sign of martial victory, symbolized his victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra at Actium. He was awarded the corona civica not for saving the life of just one citizen but for saving many thousands when he successfully ended the civil wars. On this coin, Augustus wears the oak wreath crown, which is unusual on coins, but which by law he was required to do at every public gathering. Recent scholarship indicates that the two mints identified in RIC (i.e., Caesaraugusta and Colonia Patricia) are unlikely for this type and assigns it to Emerita.
SH84729. Silver denarius, RIC I 33a (R2), BnF I 1283, Hunter I 134, BMCRE I 318 var. (head left), SRCV I 1600 var. (same), Choice gVF, light toning with luster in recesses, weight 3.830 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Emerita (Merida, Spain) mint, c. 19 - 18 B.C.; obverse head of Augustus right, wearing oak wreath (Corona Civitas), anepigraphic; reverse two laurel branches upright, CAESAR / AVGVSTVS in two lines above and below; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Caesaraugusta, Hispania Tarraconensis

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Caesaraugusta is today Zaragoza, Spain. It began as Salduie, a village settled by the Sedetani, an Iberian tribe. Augustus founded Caesaraugusta on the site to settle army veterans from the Cantabrian wars. The city did not decline significantly during the last centuries of the Roman Empire and was captured peacefully by the Goths in the 5th century.
SH58654. Orichalcum dupondius, RPC I 370, SNG Cop 561, aVF, porosity, weight 10.267 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 270o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, obverse G CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS IMP, Laureate head left; reverse LICINIANO ET GERMANO II VIR, around large C C A; rare; SOLD








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