The Roman Republic
Estimate: 2'500 CHF
Starting price: 2'000 CHF
Price realized: 2'500 CHF
Iulius Caesar and P. Sepullius Macer. Denarius 44, AR 3.71 g. CAESAR – D[ICT PERPET]VO Veiled and wreathed head of Caesar r. Rev. P·SEPVLLIVS – MACER Venus standing l., holding Victory and sceptre resting on shield. Babelon Julia 50 and Sepullia 5. C 38. Sydenham 1074. Alföldi, Caesar, pl. LXXX, 76 (these dies). Sear Imperators 107d. RBW 1685. Crawford 480/13.
Rare. A wonderful portrait and a lovely old cabinet tone. Areas of
weakness, otherwise extremely fine Ex Hirsch 173, 1992, 601; Giessener Munzhandlung 60, 1992, 339 and Lanz 64, 1993, 370 sales.
Issued from February up to the assassination of Caesar on March 15, 44. This coin represents one of the late lifetime portraits of Julius Caesar, with the title of a 'Dictator for life'. These portrait series were issued in large quantities to pay the troops gathered for Caesar's intended Parthian campaign. His assassination on the Ides of March prevented these plans. It is a challenge to find a well executed example with a good portrait such as this one. AMP.