Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Aemilius Buca

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Aemilius Buca

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Aemilius Buca in 44 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 the wreathed head of Julius Caesar. Behind him is a crescent between the letters P and M written upwards, an abbreviation of Pontifex Maximus. The legend 'CAESAR.IM' (for Caesar Imperator) identifies the portrait.

Julius Caesar was not only military leader (Imperator) and dictator, but he also held the important priestly offices of Pontifex Maximus and Augur. The Romans saw no conflict in a man holding multiple offices, as long as they did not interfere.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-792-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15360
Date: 44
44 BC
Material: Silver; both sides off-centre; small edge nick at 3.0 (obverse); moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Wreathed head of Caesar to right; behind, crescent between P M, upwards; in front, CAESAR . IM, downwards / Rev. Venus standing left, holding Victory and sc
Dimensions: 18.00 x 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 480/4
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Caesar
L. Aemilius Buca (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Caesar, Rome, minted by L. Aemilius Buca, 44 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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