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Augustus 27 BC-14 AD, c. 19 BC
Second of the 12 Caesars, denarius, moneyer P. Petronius Turpilianus
After the Rape of the Sabines, the Vestal Virgin Tarpeia betrayed the Romans by opening the city gates for the Sabines in return for the “golden jewelry” they bore on their arms. Instead, the Sabines crushed her to death with their shields and she was thrown from the rock which now bears her name. The Tarpeian Rock ( a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill overlooking the Roman Forum) was used during the Roman Republic as an execution site of murderers, traitors, perjurers, and larcenous slaves. Obverse bare headed Augustus CAESAR – AVGVSTVS. Reverse long-haired Tarpeia raising her hands while being half buried by shields TVRPILIANVS III VIR.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition

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