AUGUSTUS SILVER DENARIUS – SCARCE RETURN OF THE LEGIONARY STANDARDS ISSUE – CHOICE AU NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN OF THE TWELVE CAESARS (Inv. 12973)
ROMAN EMPIRE. AUGUSTUS, 27 BC-14 AD.
Silver Denarius, 3.98 g., 19 mm., likely struck at a Spanish mint ca. 19/8 BC.
Obv. CAE[SAR] AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus left.
Rev. SIGNIS RECEPTIS, Mars standing, holding Roman standards returned by the Parthians.
RIC I 82b. RSC 259 va (head right). BN 1118-1119 var (same).
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, a lustrous specimen of an issue commenorating Augsutus’ great diplomatic victory, compelling the Parthians to return the standards lost by Crassus in 53 BC at the Battle of Carrhae; the variety with a left facing portrait is quite scarce.