Denomination: AR Denarius
Date: 27 BC – 14 AD
Weight: 3.75 g
Mount: Sterling Silver Ring with 18K gold accents
Description: ROMAN EMPIRE Augustus. Obverse: Laureate bust of Augustus I. Reverse: Gaius and Lucius standing, holding shields and spears, sacrificial implements above.
History: As the first Roman emperor (though he never claimed the title for himself), Augustus led Rome’s transformation from republic to empire during the tumultuous years following the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father Julius Caesar. He shrewdly combined military might, institution-building and lawmaking to become Rome’s sole ruler, laying the foundations of the 200-year Pax Romana (Roman Peace) and an empire that lasted, in various forms, for nearly 1,500 years.This is the silver denarius that was around during the time of Jesus, and was the coin that Jesus would have used to illustrate his famous words.
Augustus brought the minting of gold and silver coins, the aureus and denarius, under his personal control while it is thought he left the minting of bronze coinage under senatorial control. Throughout these reforms, Augustus did not alter the coins' weight or fineness. The gold aureus, weighing about one-quarter ounce, was worth twenty-five silver denarii, weighing about one-eighth of a troy ounce.
Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus also known as Octavian or by his title, Augustus, was the founder of the Roman Empire; he reigned as the first Roman emperor ...