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Coin (obverse), Quinarius, of Augustus

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minted somewhere in Italy

Coin (obverse), Quinarius, of Augustus
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This silver coin was minted somewhere in Italy by Octavian (later known as the emperor Augustus) around 29 to 27 BC. It is a type called a quinarius, worth half of a denarius which was the standard silver coin in use for most of Rome's history. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has the bare head of Octavian looking to the right. He is identified by the legend 'CAESAR IMP. VII' which refers to his family name and title Caesar, and the fact that he was proclaimed Imperator (military leader) for the 7th time.

Roman troops gave the title Imperator to a victorious general. Augustus was given the title 21 times in his long career, the first time in 43 BC.

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