Kings on coins: the appearance of Numa on Augustan coinage

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Abstract

In 22 BCE, an as was minted bearing the image of Augustus Caesar on the obverse and Numa Pompilius on the reverse. Discussion of this coin in the context of Augustan ideology has been limited. Although one aspect of the
coin’s message relates to the promotion of the moneyer’s family, a closer analysis of its iconographical and historical context provides important evidence for the early public image of Augustus, particularly in regard to religion. To that end, this paper intends to establish the traditional use of kings in Republican coins and the development of religious iconography in early Augustan coinage. By ascertaining
this framework, the full significance of the as of 22 BCE becomes clearer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-83
Number of pages14
JournalIris
Volume28
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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