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Ancient Rome (Republic) Julius Caesar 47-46 BC Silver Denarius Aeneas CR# 458/1 Extremely Fine

Ancient Rome (Republic) Julius Caesar 47-46 BC Silver Denarius Aeneas CR# 458/1 Extremely Fine

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Well centred, with stong details all over.

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Ancient Rome (Republic) Julius Caesar 47-46 BC Silver Denarius Aeneas CR# 458/1 Extremely Fine

Obverse: Diademed head of Venus to right.

Reverse: Aeneas carrying Anchises and Palladium.

Diameter: 17mm; Weight: 3.76g


Well centred, with stong details all over.

This denarius was minted by Julius Caesar between 47 and 46 BC, by a military mint traveling during the Roman civil war of this period, it is just as much an item of political propaganda as it is a coin struck for circulation.

Julius Caesar claimed to be descended directly from the Roman goddess Venus, her portrait on the obverse of this coin emphasizes that claim in a clear and public manner.

The Trojan prince Aeneas features on the reverse, he is also a key figure in Caesar's claim of divine heritage.

Aeneas was said to be the son of Anchises (a prince of Dardania), and Venus. Aeneas' son was named Ascanius, and was also known as Iulius, the name that Julius Caesar's ancient Roman family claimed.

The reverse of this coin depicts a story well known in Roman mythology. The Trojan prince Aeneas is shown fleeing the burning city of Troy, and is carrying his father Anchises on his shoulder, while rescuing the sacred Palladium (a statue of Minerva).