Denarius, Issued by Ancient Roman Republic, 103 BC
Moneyer: L. IVLIVS L.F. CAESAR (L. Iulius Caesar)
Minted in Rome

Obverse Description

Helmeted head of Mars facing left; behind, CAESAR; above, the control-mark, D with a bead to left

Reverse Description

Venus in a biga drawn by Cupids advancing to left; in her left hand she holds the reigns, in her right, a sceptre; in front of the Cupids, a lyre; in exergue, L . IVLI. L.F; above head of Cupid, the control mark D (bead not struck up)

Edge Description



The control-marks on this issue were letters of the Roman alphabet (only as far as the letter S), these letters can be reversed and can be accompanied by one or two beads. The mark on the obverse is the same as that on the reverse. Each control-mark form is known from only one pair of dies. The moneyer is thought to be the same person as the L. Julius Caesar who became Consul in 90 BC.

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