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Obverse: Elephant Trampling a Serpent
Reverse: Pontifical Emblems
Date: 49 - 48 BC, Grade: Very Fine
Region: Roman Republic, Military Mint Traveling with Caesar
Silver Denarius Coin Framed in Round 14k Gold Bezel
Framed Coin Size: Approx. 23mm Diameter, Weight 9g

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Julius Caesar was a Roman military and political leader and probably the most famous Roman Emperor. He played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. He formed an unofficial triumvirate which dominated Roman politics for several years but was opposed in the Roman Senate. His conquest of Gaul extended the Roman world all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and he also conducted the first Roman invasion of Britain in 55 BC. The collapse of the triumvirate, however, led to a stand-off with Pompey and the Senate. Leading his legions across the Rubicon, Caesar began a civil war in 49 BC from which he became the undisputed master of the Roman world. In order to fund his large military expenses, Caesar ordered these coins to be minted with him and his travelling army. After assuming control of government, he began extensive reforms of Roman society and government. He was proclaimed “dictator for life” and heavily centralized the bureaucracy of the Republic. However, a group of senators, led by Caesar's former friend Marcus Junius Brutus, assassinated the dictator on the Ides of March (March 15) in 44 BC. The obverse of this very rare and beautiful Roman coin shows an elephant trampling a serpent (depicting the triumph of good over evil) with the ruler “Caesar” inscribed underneath. The reverse depicts the pontifical emblems: simpulum, aspergillum, ax, and apex.