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ID:     81000945
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Republican
Issuer:     C. Julius Caesar
Date Ruled:     49-48 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Aureus
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Early 46
Weight:     8.07 g
Die Axis:     10 h
Obverse Legend:     C ·CAESAR COS ·TER
Obverse Description:     Veiled female head (Vesta?) right
Reverse Legend:     A HIRTIVS PR
Reverse Description:     Emblems of the pontificate: lituus, capis, and securis
Mint:     Rome
Primary Reference:     Crawford 466/1
Reference2:     Calic√≥ 37c
Reference3:     CRI 56
Reference4:     Sydenham 1018
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=140491
Grade:     Good VF, a few minor marks.
Notes:     Aulus Hirtius, praetor at the time this coin was struck, was a close friend of both Cicero and Caesar, and had served as the latter's legate in Gaul. He was consul in 43 BC, having been nominated by Caesar, and was sent along with Octavian and Pansa against Antony, who was besieging Decimus Brutus at Mutina. Hirtius defeated Antony but fell while leading the assault on his camp. Hirtius is credited with completing Caesar's commentaries on the Gallic, Alexandrine, African, and Spanish Wars.