(portrait) denarius of
Julius Caesar (dictator for life, 44 B.C.)
Minted February-March, 44 B.C.
RSC 39; Cr. 480/13; S-362
Obv: DICT PERPETVO - CAESAR - Veiled laurate head of Julius Caesar.
Rev: P SEPULLIVS MACER - Venus standing left holding Victory and sceptre; shield at base.
18x20 mm, 3.2 g.
With this coin Gaius Julius Caesar proclaimed himself dictator for life and outraged the republican sensibilities of his rivals. This is the coin that ultimately led to his assassination. Beware the Ides of March.
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