JULIUS CAESAR SILVER ELEPHANT DENARIUS – HIGH GRADE SPECIMEN WITH OUTSTANDING ELEPHANT – MINT STATE NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 14647)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, died 44 BC.
Silver Denarius, 3.99 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; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, unusually well struck on a generous planchet, with beautiful luster. 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).