Lot 192. Roman Imperatorial - Octavian. 30-29 B.C. Silver denarius (3.55 g. 20 mm). Italian (Rome?) mint. Mars / shield
Roman Imperatorial - Octavian. 30-29 B.C. Silver denarius (3.55 g. 20 mm). Italian (Rome?) mint. Mars / shield. IMP, head of youthful Mars right, wearing slight beard and crested Corinthian helmet / CAESAR around upper rim of circular shield, the central boss ornamented with a star, lying on top of a sword and spear in saltire. RIC I 274; CRI 428; RSC 44; BMCRE 644-5 = BMCRR Rome 4368-9; BN 87-90. With this issue there was a dramatic decline in the output of coinage in Italy until the constitutional settlement in January of 27 BC. Over the three year period, between the autumn of 32 BC and the summer of 29 BC, Octavian had met the expenses of the Actium naval battle, the conquest of Egypt, and the settlement of the legionary veterans. Octavian was now recognized as the sole authority. Great portrait. Toned - old cabinet patina. Nice example for this rare issue!