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436, Lot: 521. Estimate $750.
Sold for $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Augustus, with Divus Julius Caesar. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.56 g, 7h). Rome mint; M. Sanquinius, moneyer. Struck 17 BC. Bare head of Augustus right / M • SANQVI NIVS • III • VIR, youthful, laureate head of deified Julius Caesar right; above, a comet with four rays and a tail. RIC I 338; RSC 1 (Julius Caesar and Augustus); BMCRR Rome 4585-7 = BMCRE 71-3; BN 279. Good VF, deeply toned, small bankers mark in field on obverse.

From the Londinium Collection.

The idealized head on the reverse has been variously identified as a deified and rejuvenated Julius Caesar, Augustus himself, or a male personification of the dawning Golden Age. The presence of a comet above the head, likely intended as the “Julian star” that appeared shortly after Caesar’s death, argues for the former identification.