Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Minted by Lucius Caninius Gallus, a moneyer (tresviri monetalis) in 12 B.C.E. The bare head of Augustus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscription "AVGVSTVS" right. Obverse inscription not visible. On reverse, a kneeling barbarian faces right and offers a Vexillum in surrender to a disembodied hand upper right, with the inscriptions "L. CANINIVS GALLVS IIIVIR" surrounding image. Edges of coin are damaged, rendering the inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date: 12 B.C.E.
Remarks: This coin commemorates the surrender of Gaul to Augustus and the beginning of its reorganization into the Roman Empire. Augustus' long reign was a period of peace and recovery for a world which had been torn by internal wars for so many years. Public works were undertaken on a large scale and he could justly claim that he had "found Rome of brick and left it marble". He died in 14 C.E. at the age of seventy-seven and was succeeded by his step-son, Tiberius. Augustus' coins were minted (from 27) in Rome, Emerita, Lugdunum, Ephesus, and possibly Caesaraugusta, Colonia Patricia, and Pergamum.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #1615, pg 320.
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