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5600684. SOLD $1650

Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.76 g, 6h). Uncertain Spanish mint (Colonia Patricia?). Struck circa 18 BC. CAESAR AVGVSTVS, laureate head right / DIVVS • IVLIVS across field, comet with eight rays and tail. RIC I 102; RSC 98; BMCRE 357 = BMCRR Rome 4416; BN p. 196 *. Lightly toned. VF. Struck on a broad flan.

A comet that appeared in summer 44 BC was held to signal Julius Caesar’s ascension to the heavens and proved quite useful in Octavian's effort to get the Senate to deify his adoptive father. The memory of Caesar’s deification was revived in connection with Augustus’ proposal to hold the Saecular Games in 17 BC and the "Julian star" is featured on coinage in the years leading up to the event.