Julius Caesar. Late 46-early 45 BC. AR Denarius
Obverse shows Venus, divine ancestor of the gens Julia and often invoked by Julius Caesar. Cupid is perched on her shoulder.
Reverse the shows the Gallic Trophies, with Vercingetorix (perhaps) bound on the left, and Gallia weeping to the right.
This silver denarius struck in Spain late 46 / early 45 BCE. The colossal Gallic Wars are long over. Caesar remains victorious in the traditional Roman manner as he is entitled to remind his troops. And Caesar was in Spain now, fighting; dealing with Pompey’s sons, Gnaeus and Sextus and their able general. After a hard winter campaign Caesar ‘fought for his life’ at the March 45 BCE battle of Munda in southern Spain. Caesar’s favourite 10th legion eventually won the day and allowed the man to return to Rome and claim Dictator for Life; unopposed.
This coin is in the Praefectus Coins store: Julius Caesar. Late 46-early 45 BC. AR Denarius