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Augustus Silver Denarius NGC XF 4x2

The charging bull seen on this and many other coins of Augustus is thought to be a reference to his father's victory near the Greco-Italian city of Thurium (Thourioi in Lucania) over a rebellious band of slaves. Augustus was actually given the name Gaius Octavius Thurinus at birth to mark the event. The symbol of Thurium, seen on many of its ancient Greek coins was a very similar charging bull.

Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (21mm, 3.58g NGC XF Obverse: Head of Augustus facing left. AVGVSTVS DIVI F Reverse: Bull butting, IMP X below.

Minted at Lugdunum (modern-day Lyons, France), 14 - 12 BC. The obverse legend "AVGVSTVS DIVI F" means "Augustus, Son of a god". Augustus was the adopted son of Julius Caesar. By this time, Caesar had been officially diefied.

Rare to find with Augustus facing left.

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