VINDEX: The Twelve Caesars (March - May A D 68)

Gaius Julius Vindex descended from the kings of Aquitan. He was governor of Gallia Lugdunensis when he raised his standards against Nero. In May, the rebellion of Vindex was crushed by L. Verginius Rufus, governor of Upper Germany. Nero committed suicide just a few weeks later.

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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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