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ID:     77000647
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Republican
Issuer:     L. Pinarius Scarpus and C. Julius Caesar (Octavianus)
Date Ruled:     31 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 31
Weight:     3.3 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     AVGVR PONTIF
Obverse Description:     Head of Jupiter Ammon right
Reverse Legend:     IMP CAESAR/DIVI F
Reverse Description:     IMP CAESAR/DIVI F in two lines across field, Victory standing right on globe, holding palm frond over left shoulder in left hand, and wreath tied with fillet in extended right hand.
Mint:     Cyrene
Primary Reference:     Crawford 546/4
Reference2:     RIC 535
Reference3:     CRI 411
Reference4:     Syd 1281; RSC 125; BMCRE 690 = BMCRR Cyrenaica 4; BN 897
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=115070
Grade:     VF, toned, porosity, flan crack, a few scratches in field
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 647 Very rare. Ex Jacquier FPL 17 (Autumn 1995), no. 381.This is likely the first issue by Scarpus after defecting to the Caesarians. Though the name of the issuer is absent, probably because Scarpus was uncertain of Octavian’s attitude, it is clearly of Scarpus. To be on the safe side, Scarpus strikes this issue “in the name of his new commander-in-chief” (CRI, p. 248). The obverse features Octavian’s priestly titles of augur and pontifex.