Monday, 22 November 2021

Julius Caesar on coins

Gaius Julius Caesar was born on July 13, 100 BCE. Caesar was the first Roman politician to strike coins with his own portrait at the Rome mint during his lifetime. The aureus was produced between the first century BCE and the fourth century CE. It was originally worth 25 silver denarii.
In 44 B.C. Caesar became dictator for a term of 10 years and then ultimately dictator perpetuo (dictator for life).

A denarius of February or March, 44 B.C., on which Caesar displays his title “dictator for life.”
The story says Caesar received 23 stab wounds and was left to die at the foot of a statue of Pompey, his former adversary.
Among the last denarii struck before Caesar’s assassination, it portrays him wearing priest’s veil.