Roman Republic, Denarius


Roman Republic, Denarius (obverse) Roman Republic, Denarius (reverse)

The conquest of Gaul was a milestone in the career of Gaius Julius Caesar. It granted him the backing of the army, prestige in front of the people and, above all, huge amounts of valuable booty like gold, slaves, and livestock. All this could easily be transformed into chinking coins so convenient for bribery, and thus for Caesar's future.

This denarius broadly announces Caesar's triumph over the Gauls. The obverse shows the disheveled head of a Gallic warrior with a Celtic shield behind him. The reverse depicts a biga driven by a charioteer and bearing a warrior holding a shield and hurling a spear.


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