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Roman Imperatorial Silver Denarius of Augustus 30-29 BC NGC Ch VF Fine Style
This Silver Denarius was struck by Augustus, then known as Octavian. While he was not yet Emperor, he controlled much of the Roman Empire after defeating his main competition, Marc Antony. After the assassination of the previous ruler, Julius Caesar, the Republic of Rome had been thrown into chaos. Octavian took advantage of this, in order to assert control over the senate, and to destroy any adversaries who could be vying for the throne. This Denarius was issued during this time by Augustus, in order to have a currency to pay his expenses.
This coin, despite the fact that it was a “private issue,” by Augustus, was struck according to the weight and purity of Silver Denarii produced for the Republic. It bore a likeness of Augustus himself on the obverse, and despite the wear present, it is easy to see that it is a very artistic and realistic design. The reverse design is not quite so artistic, but is very symbolic to the Roman culture. It has an image of the Roman god Hermes, riding a thunderbolt.
A special division of NGC focused on Ancient coins was responsible for certifying this coin. After careful examination, they decided to assign this Denarius with the grade Choice Very Fine! While that does mean the coin bears significant wear by circulation, that is an exceptional grade, particularly for a coin so old! This coin was almost definitely handled and used by members of Augustus’ Legions, making this a particularly historical coin! Because of this, we had NGC Ancients further grade the strike and surface of the coin. Based on other examples of this coin they have seen, they marked both of these aspects as 4/5. This is clearly seen on the coin, particularly the strike; while the strike on the obverse is slightly off-centered, the reverse strike is perfect!
As part of their certification, NGC Ancient weighed the coin, which amounted to precisely 3.77g! The standard for Denarius of the time was 3.9g, showing the weight of this coin to be a little low. This is easily the result of either the wear present on the coin, the imprecise minting methods used by the Romans, or both!
How unique is it to have a coin produced by the first Emperor in Roman History, before he was an Emperor! Don’t pass on this opportunity to purchase just such a coin, at a great price! While it is circulated, that almost makes it more appealing, as soldiers and people of the time would have actually used in in day to day life!
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This Roman Imperatorial Silver Denarius of Augustus - Hermes on Thunderbolt c. 30-29 BC NGC Ch VF (Strike: 4/5 - Surface: 4/5 - Fine Style) is proudly minted by the Roman Mint. The expansive Roman Empire struck many varieties of coins throughout its reign. Carthage, Constantinople, and Alexandria were some of the empire's most prominent mints.
|Year of Issue:||30-29 BC|
|Weight in Grams:||3.77 g|
|Legal Tender:||Roman Imperatorial|