JULIUS CAESAR SILVER ELEPHANT DENARIUS – NEAT SPECIMEN WITH “DOLLAR SIGN” BANKER’S MARK – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 16770)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, died 44 BC.
Silver Denarius, 3.95 g, 18 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 VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, “brushed”, bankers marks”, a honestly circulated specimen with a curious S banker’s mark that resembles a modern $. 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).