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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Aemilius Buca

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Aemilius Buca
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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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