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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 30 - 29BC Augustus Silver Denarius Rostral Column RIC 271 good VF

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 30 - 29BC Augustus Silver Denarius Rostral Column RIC 271 good VF

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Struck to celebrate the victory of Augustus at Actium.

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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 30 - 29BC Octavian Silver Denarius Rostral Column RIC 271 good VF

Emperor: Octavian

Obverse: Laureate bust of Octavian to right.

Reverse: Rostral column ornamented with two anchors and six beaks of galleys, surmounted by a statue of Octavian. Octavian with cloak over left shoulder, holding spear in right hand and parazonium in left. Legend: IMP CAESAR

Reference Numbers: RIC 271

Diameter: 20mm Weight:3.45g Metal: Silver

Condition: good VF

Issued as part of a series to celebrate Octavian becoming undisputed master of the Roman empire.

29 BC was the year in which Octavian Caesar became Roman Consul for the fifth time. Octavian was also granted the title of imperator, and for just the third time in Roman history, the doors of the Temple of Janus are closed, which signalled peace.

Octavian celebrated three triumphs on consecutive days (August 13, August 14, and August 15 of 29 BC) to commemorate his victories in Illyricum, Actium and Egypt.

This particular denarius was part of a series of aurei and denarii that were struck between the autumn of 30 BC and 29 BC and which conveyed a general message of victory.

This coin has been thought to have been struck to celebrate Octavian's victory over Sextus Pompey at Naulochus in 36 BC, however analysis of the reverse design has determined that it is more likely to have represent a different rostral column that was built after his Victory at Actium in 28 BC.