Augustus 27 BC - 14 AD
Silver denarius, 18 mm, 3.37 gm.
Obv: CAESAR AVGVSTVS
head of Augustus right.
Rev: OB CIVIS / SERVATOS
Oak wreath tied at the center.
Spanish mint (Colonia Patricia?). Struck 19-18 BC.
Forever linked, Augustus and the Nativity. In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
Octavian, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar, rose to prominence following Caesar's death. With his defeat of Antony at Actium he emerged victorious. He was declared Augustus in 27 BC, the first Roman Emperor.
RIC I 75a; RSC 210.
Formerly in the Estate of Paul Goodman, Houston, Texas, acquired before 1990.