AUGUSTUS Victory Over Brutus Cassius Assasins of Julius Caesar Roman Coin 33507
Authentic AncientCoin of:Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.
Bronze 20mm (4.37 grams) from the city of Philippi in Northern Greece,
Macedoniacirca 27 B.C. -10 B.C.
Reference: BMC 23 Sear 32
VIC AVG, Victory standing left.
3 legionary standards, 'COHOR PRAEPHIL'
Commemorates the battle of Philippi, 42 B.C., in which Octavian and Antony defeated the Republican tyrannicides Brutus and Cassius, who subsequently committed suicide. Augustus later settled the veterans of a Praetorian Cohort at Philippi, and he conferred upon them the right to mint coins, of which this is an example. The images on this coin presumably refer to the Emperor's above described victory in 42 BC. The winged victory standing on a globe representing the cosmos. Such a coin is delivering, without words but in clear images that everyone would have understood, the message that Augustus now rules the world. All the old political institutions were reestablished and the dignity of the Senate was restored, but actual power was now in the hands of one man alone.
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