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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1866,1201.4181

  • Denomination

    • denarius
  • Description

    Silver coin.(obverse) Head of Octavian, laureate, right.
    (reverse) Rostral column, surmounted by cloaked figure (of Octavian?), holding spear in right hand and parazonium in left.

  • State

    • Roman Empire
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 29BC-27BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 4.1 grammes
    • Die-axis: 12 o'clock
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        IMP CAESAR
  • Curator's comments

    The monument depicted on the coin is a statue of Octavian on a column decorated with prows (rostra) of enemy ships. The monument was erected in the Roman Forum to commemorate the naval victory over Sextus Pompeius. Thus, the column, and by extension the image on the coin, likened the civil war victory to one over a foreign enemy.

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  • Bibliography

    • RIC1 271, p.60 (type) bibliographic details
    • RR2 4350, p.15 bibliographic details
    • RE1 634, p.103 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1866

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1866,1201.4181

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • RE1p103.634
    • RR2p15.4350

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