Ancient Roman Imperatorial Julius Caesar 46 BC Silver Denarius NGC CHXF Ceres
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Roman Imperatorial, Julius Caesar. Silver Denarius, uncertain mint, 46 BC. 3.91g NGC Choice XF Strike 4/5 Surfaces 4/5
Obverse: DICT ITER-COS TERT, head of Ceres facing right.
Reverse: AVGVR PONT MAX, culullus, aspergillum, jug and lituus, The tools used in in the temple for cult ceremonies.
Ceres is regarded as the “ Mother of Earth” and agricultural deity.
Julius Caesar "Ceres" AR Denarius, graded NGC AU. Such examples are treasured by enthusiasts of ancient Roman coinage. Denarius struck after April 46 BC at a North African mint, possibly Utica. Obverse: head of Ceres facing right, wearing wreath of grain ears. COS TERT, DICTI TER: Consul, Dictator for the Third Time. Reverse: Titles mentioned in Latin are PONT.MAX (Pontifex Maximus, chief high priest of the College of Pontiffs) and AVGVR (Augur, priest and official who practiced augury: interpreting the will of the gods by analyzing the flights of birds). Relics of the pontificate and augurate: simpulum, aspergillum, guttus, and lituus. 'M' to the right for 'munus': the duty or responsibility bestowed upon Julius Caesar. This coin was struck as political and cultural propaganda to promote Caesar among his men and Roman society. Attractive piece that is sharply struck with excellent cabinet toning.