Lily Tomlin (Santa Monica, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 212, Coins, Gems and Jewelry
Roman Empire (Place created)
about 30 B.C.
Gift of Lily Tomlin
The head on the front and the statue on the back of this denarius both depict
On this coin, Octavian's head resembles that of a
The Latin inscription IMP CAESAR stands for "Imperator Caesar." It refers to the military title, Imperator, meaning "victorious general," that the Senate conferred on Octavian. Octavian used this title together with his name, Caesar; which he inherited from his adoptive father, Julius Caesar. The date when Octavian received the title Imperator is uncertain.