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MYSIA, Pergamum. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Cistophorus (24.5mm, 11.94 g, 12h). Struck 27-26 BC. IMP • CAESAR, bare head right / AVGVSTVS, capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath. Sutherland Group IV 129a (O4/R7); RPC 2211; SNG von Aulock 6568 (same obv. die); RIC 493; RSC 16. Attractive old cabinet tone, patch of iridescence, struck on a compact flan. EF. Wonderful portrait in high relief.

The capricorn represents Octavian’s birth sign and appeared often as a coin type during his reign. Adding the cornucopia, or horn of plenty, to the back of the capricorn symbolizes the prosperity brought about through his efforts, and his victories are symbolized by the laurel wreath.