Vindex 000412

Vindex 000412
Vindex Civil War 'Julian Star' Denarius
Silver, 3.49 grams; 17.48 mm. The Twelve Caesars, Civil Wars: REVOLT OF VINDEX IN GAUL. Obverse: CAESAR AVGVSTVS; laureate head of Augustus right. Reverse: DIVVS IVLIVS; eight rayed comet (sidus Iulium) with tail DOWNWARDS. RIC 92 variant. Crude civil war copy from an Augustan prototype RIC 37, minted in Vienne. Good fine-very fine.

The 'Julian star' was the comet which appeared in the heavans shortly after Caesar's assassination in 44 B.C. It was taken as a sign of the late dictator’s divinity.
 
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