Savoca Numismatik GmbH & Co. KG > Online Auction 198 | SilverAuction date: 25 February 2024
Lot number: 164

Price realized: 160 EUR   (Approx. 173 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

Macedon. Thessalonica. Augustus, with Divus Julius Caesar 27 BC-AD 14.
Bronze Æ

22 mm, 12,07 g

ΘEOΣ, wreathed head of Julius Caesar right; (NK) (=Νερων Καισαρ) monogram within circular incuse / ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN, bare head of Augustus right; Δ below.

Nearly Very Fine

RPC I 1554; for countermark: Howgego 625.

Octavian, also known as Augustus, was a prominent Roman statesman and military leader who played a pivotal role in transforming the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. Born in 63 BC in Rome, he was the great-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar.
Octavian's political journey began when he was named Caesar's heir in his will after Caesar's assassination in 44 BC. Aligning himself with Mark Antony and Lepidus, he formed the powerful Second Triumvirate, seeking vengeance for Caesar's death by defeating his assassins.
As conflicts arose within the Triumvirate, Octavian emerged as the dominant figure. The alliance between Octavian and Antony collapsed into a bitter civil war, culminating in the decisive Battle of Actium in 31 BC, where Octavian emerged victorious.
In 27 BC, Octavian relinquished his extraordinary powers and accepted the title "Augustus" from the Senate, marking the inception of the Roman Empire. Though he held the title of princeps (first citizen), Augustus effectively became the first Roman Emperor.
Under Augustus' rule, the Roman Empire experienced an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana. He introduced various reforms to strengthen the state and initiated extensive building projects across the empire, leaving a lasting architectural legacy.
Augustus' reign, which lasted for 41 years until his death in AD 14, marked the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and the beginning of the Roman Empire. His ability to consolidate power, navigate complex political waters, and maintain stability earned him admiration and secured his position as one of Rome's most influential leaders.

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