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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Iulius Caesar

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minted in Spain

Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Iulius Caesar
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This silver coin was minted in Spain by Caius Iulius (Julius) Caesar in 46 or 45 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts Venus, the goddess of beauty and fertility, wearing a diadem. Cupid, the god of love is behind her neck. Caesar's devotion to Venus was expressed on his seal and coinage.

After the death of Pompey the Great in 48 BC, the struggle against Caesar passed to his sons Cnaeus Pompey and Sextus Pompey. In 46 BC, Caesar went to Spain to confront their forces. This issue was probably struck to help finance his campaigns there.

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