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Comments
Augustus
Aureus, struck 19-18 BC in Pergamum.
Obv.: AVGVSTVS, Augustus head, bare, r.
Rev.: SIGNIS / RECEPTIS, capricorn r.
RIC² 521 (S); BMC 680
Picture: Classical Numismatic Group

 Romanatic-ID: 626

Comments
Simon Wieland
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19:23:37, 08.02.2009
Note by Classical Numismatic Group:
This coin, again reflecting Augustus’ repeated reference to the recovery of the standards from Parthia, includes another symbol of Augustus, that of the capricorn. According to Suetonius (Div. Aug. 1.94), the capricorn was Augustus’ birthsign. However, given the fact that he was born in late September, this cannot be the case, and numerous explanations have been offered. The globe between the beast’s forelegs may be either the sun or the moon, and it has been posited that this reference is to the position of one of those to heavenly bodies being located within that constellation. However, the evidence tends to refute all these interpretations, and one must go looking elsewhere for a more satisfactory explanation of its importance.