Italian collector coin on Roman emperor Augustus

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May 29, 2014 – 2014 marks the 2000th anniversary of the death of the most famous Roman Emperor: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, honoured with the title of Augustus in 27 B.C., founded and ruled the Roman Empire for the longest period in Roman history as its first Emperor.

Italy / 10 euros / 925 silver / 22g / 34mm / Mintage: 5,000.

The Italian Mint has honoured the great emperor with a 10 euro silver proof coin, featuring on the obverse the veiled bust of Augustus from a marble statue kept in the National Roman Museum, …

Full frontal view of Ara Pacis, with the entrance to the altar itself. Photo by Chris Nas /

… and on the reverse details from the friezes which decorate the Ara Pacis, The Altar of Peace, located in Rome, which celebrated the peace brought to the Roman Empire by Augustus’s military victories.

For further information on this and other coins go to the Mint’s website.

If you want to read Augustus’ own description of his achievements you can find the text in Latin, Greek and an English translation here.

Quite a lot of events mark Augustus’ death. Check out The Commemorating Augustus Project.

And here you will find an article of CoinsWeekly on Augustus.

and on his coin propaganda.