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Julius Caesar, AR Denarius, Spain, 46-45 BC, Sear 1404
« on: July 15, 2017, 03:09:19 PM »
Weight=3.5 g

Obverse: Head of Venus, right. Small cupid at shoulder behind


Reverse: CAESAR below, above trophy of Gallic arms behind seated male and female captives

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Re: Julius Caesar, AR Denarius, Spain, 46-45 BC, Sear 1404
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 12:34:22 AM »
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Caesar was little more than a war lord in Spain. He'd raised his own legions with his own money. Good bet. The spoils of war were his and once the local tribes were subjugated, he was getting very rich very quickly.

Sooo.

Why would he have put Venus on a coin? I don't know, but how about this theory: it had to do with Brutus' mother he is said to have had an affair with and who visited her son while he was in Spain.

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