Bronze Dupondius of Gaius Julius Caesar
Author: E Tomlinson Fort   -   Saturday June 17, 2017

A recent acquisition: a bronze dupondius of Gaius Julius Caesar struck at an uncertain mint in northern Italy (various locations have been proposed over the decades). The obverse features the winged bust of Victory facing right with the legend CAESAR DIC TER (Caesar dictator for the third time). The reverse has the Goddess Minerva advancing left, holding a trophy over one shoulder and spear and shield in left hand. The legend reads C. CLOVI PRAEF. This Gaius Clovis, who seems to have been appointed praefect of Cisalpine Gaul (and maybe transalpine Gaul as well?) is otherwise unknown to history. The coin would appear to date somewhere between late 46 and early 45 BC.

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