Aureus with head of Octavian

Late Republican Period
about 32–29 B.C.

Mint: Italy, Rome or Brundisium


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 7.71 gm. Die Axis: 5

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: head of Octavian, bare-headed, to the right
Reverse: Victory riding in biga, holding wreath in right hand, palm and reins in left hand.
In exergue: CAESAR.DIVI.F


By date unknown: with Fr. Thilo-Schmidt, Zurich, Switzerland; 1908: privately purchased from Fr. Thilo-Schmidt by Arthur Bally-Herzog (1849-1912); 1908-2003: Arthur Bally-Herzog Collection, Switzerland and by descent: by 2003: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Auction 93 [Sammlung Arthur Bally-Herzog], December 16, 2003, lot 75); by 2009: with Numismatica Ars Classica, Niederdorfstrasse 43 CH 8022, Zürich, Switzerland (Auction 51 [Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Coins], Hotel Baur au Lac, Talstrasse 1, 8022 Zürich, March 5, 2009, lot 133); purchased at NAC 51 on behalf of MFA by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602; March 25, 2009: purchased by MFA from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour