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Emperor Augustus Octavian Copper As M. Maecilius Tullus Moneyer 7 BC

Denomination: Copper As

Period: Roman imperial

Date: 7 BC

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: Very fine

Obverse: Bare head of Augustus, right, [CAESAR] AVGVST PON[T MAX TRIB POT]

Reverse: M MAECILIVS TVLLVS III AAAFF around large S - C

Size and Weight: 27mm, 9.87g

References: Sear 1684, RIC I 435

Features and Provenance:  Augustus (Octavian) was the founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire. He is arguably one of the best emperors and ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD. He married three times but had only one daughter who could not take the throne. He adopted his grandsons and finally, begrudgingly, Tiberius, his stepson, as his heirs, but only Tiberius survived to take the throne.

The large SC on the reverse of the coin means 'Senatus Consulto' 'by decree of the Senate'. The value of the copper was less than the value of the denomination therefore the Senate had to declare that it was supported as legal. Silver and gold coins were the actual value of their denominations. Marcus Maecilius Tullus was from a minor family but became moneyer under Augustus. The post of Triumvir Monetalis was held by three people, often the first post awarded by the Senate to a junior politician.

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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