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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1995,0401.1

  • Denomination

    • aureus
  • Description

    Gold coin.(obverse) Head of Octavian, right.
    (reverse) Octavian, seated left on bench, holding scroll in right hand: at feet, left, scroll-box.

  • State

    • Roman Empire
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 28BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 18 millimetres
    • Weight: 7.95 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        IMP CAESAR DIVI F COS VI
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        LEGES ET IVRA P[OPVLO] RESTITVIT
      • Inscription Translation

        'He has restored to the people [of Rome] their laws and their rights'
  • Curator's comments

    This rare type (one of only two specimens known) sets out the Republican-spirited façade of the Principate. The victorious Octavian is posed as toga-clad civilian magistrate proclaiming ‘the laws and rights of the people (of Rome) restored’. Politically acceptable authority in the Senate is suggested by the tally of consulships. Yet despite such Republican titulature he is still obviously a monarch with the coinage produced under the stamp of his image (and a personal authority boosted by being the son of a god – the title Divi F[ilius] having been used since the deification of Julius in 42 BC).

    (Second known example is in Blackburn Museum).

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  • Location

    On display: G70/dc8/p2/no1

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1995

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1995,0401.1

Gold aureus coin of Octavian Roman, 28 BC Probably minted in Asia Minor (modern Turkey)

Gold aureus coin of Octavian Roman, 28 BC Probably minted in Asia Minor (modern Turkey)

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