JULIUS CAESAR SILVER ELEPHANT DENARIUS – CHOICE AU 4-4 NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 16751)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, died 44 BC.
Silver Denarius, 4.22 g, 19 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; Sydenham 1006
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, super lustrous and with a clearly detailed elephant. 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).