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Lot 2354

[Roman Imperatorial Period.] Octavian and Julius Caesar. Gold Aureus (8.07 g) minted in Italy or Gaul, c. 43 BC. Bare head right of Octavian (later Augustus). Reverse: Laureate head right of Julius Caesar. Cr. 490/2; Syd. 1321; Bahrfeldt 28; Newman "A Dialogue of Power in the Coinage of Antony and Octavian," ANS AJN 2 (1990), 43.9. Very rare. Edge irregularity due to minting procedure; flan a bit wavy on obverse with two excellent portraits.

The degree of care used in the minting procedure and the resultant striking characteristics are wanting during the relatively brief imperatorial period, due to the fight for power and the numerous military/traveling mints. Of the handfull of extant specimens known of this type, numerous faults are usual, mainly appearing on the periphery and edge of the flan. Cf. lot 118 of our 29 October 2009 auction.
Estimated Value $25,000 - 30,000.
Ex Triton V, lot 1837.

Realized $63,250

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