AUGUSTUS SILVER DENARIUS – CANDELABRUM ISSUE EX HAMBURGER 1929 SALE – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN OF THE 12 CAESARS (Inv. 16326)
ROMAN EMPIRE. AUGUSTUS, 27 BC-14 AD.
Silver Denarius, 3.67 g, 19 mm. Minted at an uncertain mint in the East, ca. 17 BC, or possibly later ca. 12 BC.
Obv. CAESAR, head of Augustus (or perhaps Gaius Caesar) right, within an oak wreath (corona civica).
Rev. AVGVST, candelabrum with ram’s head ornaments at base, all within wreath with flowers and bucrania.
RIC I 540; RSC 2 (Gaius Caesar); BN 1013-1016.
Ex Hamburger 5/29/1929, 531.
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, “lt. scratch”. A very interesting issue whose reverse shares much the same imagery of abundance as seen on the Ara Pacis Augustae, a great marble altar commissioned by the Senate in 13 BC to commemorate the safe return of the emperor from Spain and Gaul. Dedicated in 9 BC, this monument is still preserved today in Rome, between the Tiber river and the Mausoleum of Augustus.