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Silver denarius of Julius Caesar, Spain, 46-45 BC

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Discover some of the coins in the Winchester Cabinet, a collection of over 3000 ancient coins, medals and tokens collected by William Eyre, an eighteenth-century barrister, held by Leeds Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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White metal medal by Bennett of Sarum, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Silver denarius of Julius Caesar, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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From 48 BC Julius Caesar issued a series of coins celebrating the victories he had won in Gaul three years earlier. Struck at the start of his campaign against Pompey, they served as reminders of Caesar’s previous military achievements – perhaps to inspire his legions or to serve as a warning to his enemies.

This coin, struck in Spain, shows two naked and bound captives seated either side of a trophy made from captured Gallic shields, spears and war trumpets (carnyxes). On the obverse is a bust of Venus, who Caesar claimed was his ancestress.

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