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SOLD: Roman Imperational, Octavian, with Divus Julius Caesar, 38 BC, AE Sestertius — Dupondius


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Information: Superb portraits of Julius Caesar and Octavian
Origin: Roman Empire, Southern Italian mint?
Authority: Octavian, as triumvir
Denomination: AE Sestertius or Dupondius
Composition: Bronze
Date: 38 BC
Obverse: DIVI F CAESAR, Head of Octavian right, with slight beard
Reverse: DIVOS IVLIVS, Deified head of Julius Cesar right
Size: 30.15mm, 16.44 g, 10h
Grade: VF, dark-brown surfaces, some roughness and porosity
Provenance: Pedigreed: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection (Roma E-Sale 21, 31 October 2015); Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 447 (3 July 2019), Lot 436Lot 667; Artemide E-Auction 26 (30 March 2014), Lot 288
References: Crawford 535/1; BMCRR II Gaul 105-107; cf. Alföldi and Giard 34 (for type); Sear Imperators 308; Sydenham 1335; RPC I 620
General: An example of an early and presumably effective public relations campaign from a time when Octavius and Mark Antony were in direct opposition. Octavius, nephew to Julius Caesar issued coins describing himself as the son of the divine Julius. in doing so he promotes a link between Caesar's divinity and himself. He also emphasises his blood relationship to Julius Caesar and thus his legal claim as his heir.
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