JULIUS CAESAR SILVER ELEPHANT DENARIUS – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 16688)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, died 44 BC.
Silver Denarius, 3.58 g, 19 mm. Issue of a military mint traveling with Caesar, 49-48 BC.
Obv. CAESAR, elephant to right, trampling a serpent.
Rev. Official instruments of the Pontifex Maximus – culullus, aspergillum, axe and apex.
Crawford 443/1; Sydenham 1006.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 2/5, “edge cuts”, bankers marks”. 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).