JULIUS CAESAR SILVER ELEPHANT DENARIUS – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 15699)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, died 44 BC.
Silver Denarius, 3.84 g, 18 mm, struck by a military mint traveling with Caesar.
Obv. CAESAR, elephant to right, trampling a serpent.
Rev. Official instruments of the Pontifex Maximus.
Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “bankers marks”, a nicely centered specimen with an interesting circular banker’s mark on the elephant’s back. The symbolism of the elephant trampling the snake is variously interpreted as either being an allegory of the victory of good over evil, or perhaps as a reference to Caesar’s victories in Gaul (described in Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico).