AUGUSTUS SILVER DENARIUS – EQUESTRIAN STATUE TYPE COMMEMORATING EMPEROR’S RESTORATION OF PUBLIC ROAD – XF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN OF THE 12 CAESARS (Inv. 16325)
ROMAN EMPIRE. AUGUSTUS, 27 BC-14 AD.
Silver Denarius, 3.83 g, 18 mm. Minted by L. Vinicius, moneyer,in Rome, ca. 16 BC
Obv. Equestrian statue of Augustus on base inscribed SPQR IMP CAES situated before entrace to city wall.
Rev.[L VI]NICIVS L F III VIR, cippus inscribed SPQR / IMP CAES / QVOD V / M S EX / EA P QIS / AD A DE.
RIC I 362; RSC 543
NGC graded XF, Strike 3/5, Surface 4/5, dark patina with subtle colorful toning (photograph exaggerated toning somewhat). This wonderful architectural type depicts an equestrian statue erected in honor of Augustus. The elaborate abbreviated inscription on the cippus (Senatus Populusque Romanus, Imperatori Caesari, quod viae munitae sunt ex ea pecunia quam is ad aerarium detulit ) refers to Augustus’ restoration of public roads using his own personal funds.