Octavian as Augustus. "DIVVS IVLIVS" Comet Issues. 27 BC - 14 AD. Spain, Caesaraugusta, 19-18 BC

Octavian as Augustus. "DIVVS IVLIVS" Comet Issues. 27 BC - 14 AD. Spain, Caesaraugusta, 19-18 BC

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AR Denarius, 3.80g (20mm, 6h). CAESAR – AVGVSTVS Oak-wreathed head l. Rev. DIVVS – IVLIVS Eight-rayed comet with tail upwards.

References: C 97. BMC 326. RIC 37b. CBN 1302

Grade: Light iridescent toning. A few minor imperfections, otherwise almost Mint State (re1065)

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This early coin of Augustus is a powerful reminder of the influence that celestial objects played in the lives of the Romans. The year was 44 BC and the emperor Julius Caesar had just been murdered by a group of Senators, including his friend Marcus Junius Brutus who was said to have wielded the final deadly blow. Only four months subsequent to this betrayal of his fellow kinsmen, Caesar was being honored in a ceremony called Ludi Victoriae Caesaris, which was in fact arranged by Brutus, to help garner goodwill towards the many Romans who saw the killing as a form of murder and not freedom from a tyrannical man. During the games, a bright comet was visible and shone for seven full days. The Roman people interpreted this as the deification of Julius Caesar. To be sure, the comet was a miraculous event and the spirit of Julius Caesar was forever intertwined with the often seen mythical episode. Besides being awe-inspiring, it also helped to launch the career of Caesar’s great nephew (and adopted son) Octavian, later Augustus. It is for this reason we see the comet on his coins with a legend denoting the deified Julius Caesar.