Coins of the Roman Imperatorial Era

These are coins illustrating the breakup of Roman Republic)

This is often taken as the 1st century BC

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Lucius Cornelius Sulla,
denarius, 54 BC

Stack's, Sept, 10th, 2008, lot# 257
weight 4.160 g

Sulla was a victorious General in many of Rome's external conflicts, capturing Athens in 86 BC. He became consul in 88 BC. He became an unlimited term Dictator in 81 BC after winning a civil war against opposing Roman forces. He attempted to reform the Roman Republic during his Dictatorship and then retired in 79 BC. Although he attempted to improve the Republic his example showed that a strong general could obtain control and become an unlimited term Dictator.

from: Encyclopaedia Britannica

denarius, Pompey the Great,
struck by Sextus Pompey, ca. 44 - 43 BC extremely fine condition
weight n.nnn g

Pompey was a victorius General in many of Rome's naval conflicts.

Julius Caesar (postumus)featured on
a sestersius/dupondius of Octavian
issued 38 BC

This piece is unusual because the obverse and reverse legends are clear and legible; a lthough you can't tell from my photo. Legend Rev: Julius the god;
Legend Obv:  Son of the God I believe this is the largest portrait of Julius Caesar on a coin, at least for those made in ancient times. With this coin as I was able to buy a very unusual portrait of Julius somewhat inexpensively. An acceptable grade of denarius would have been about $4K at the time.

Julius Caesar was a supreme general who used his power to overthrow the decaying Roman Republic.  Caesar was his family name but later it became a title for future Emperors.  He adopted Octavian as his heir. After JC's assassination in 44 BC Octavion issued this piece in 38 BC to show his status as Julius' son for his upcoming fight with Marc Antony.

Octavian Caesar as shown on a denarius
issued 31 BC by Marc Antony
Exf condition

  (coin store, New Orleans, LA)
Obv: Portrait of  Marc Antony
Rev:  Portrait of  Octavian

After he formed the Principate in 27BC, Octavian took the name "Augustus". He is is technically the 1st Roman Emperor as Julius was assassinated before he had that title.

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