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Augustus 27 BC-14 AD c 18 BC
Second of the 12 Caesars, denarius, moneyer P. Petronius Turpilianus
The Sabines were an Italic tribe that lived in the central Italian Apennines. Legend says that shortly after Rome was founded by Romulus and his mostly male followers the Romans abducted Sabine women to populate the newly built Rome memorialized by the legendary “rape of the Sabine women”. The Sabine king Titus Tatius (d. 748 BC) attacked Rome and captured the Capitol when the Vestal Virgin Tarpeia betrayed the Romans in favor of the Sabine women. The Sabine women, however, convinced Tatius to reconcile with Romulus. The Sabines then crushed Tarpeia to death with their shields throwing her from the rock which now bears her name. From that point on the Tarpeian 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: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions LLC.

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