JULIUS CAESAR SILVER ELEPHANT DENARIUS – SPECIMEN WITH NICELY DETAILED ELEPHANT – CHOICE AU NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 13872)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, died 44 BC.
Silver Denarius, 3.85 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; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, with a nicely 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).