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Julius Caesar On A Medieval Coin?

 
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 Posted 11/17/2018  9:50 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I bought this coin of Etienne I of Sancerre because of the obverse. It features a bearded portrait of Julius Caesar and the legend "Ivlivs Caesar". The reverse has Stephen count and a cross.

I bought this because I thought it was interesting. The story is that Sancerre was somehow related to Julius Caesar.

"From the Medieval hilltop town of Sancerre, we have an incredible view overlooking the Loire River. This is the ancestral homeland of antiquity's powerful Gaullic Celtic tribe, the Bituriges, "The Kings of the World." After their defeat at the hands of Julius Caesar, a temple was built on a nearby hillside in the Imperator's (victorious general) honor. Many historians and anthropologists lend credence that the temple's name, "Sacred to Caesar," eventually developed into the name, Sancerre. "





Etienne Stephan I Comptee de Sancerre
AR Denier
1152-1191
Mint: Sancerre
Obv: IVLIVS CAESAR legend and portrait
Rev: STEPANVS COMES and cross
(20 mm 0.8 g)
Bd. 301 (4f)-SCMF 4971
Bought from Marcantica on Vcoins


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 Posted 11/18/2018  06:18 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting coin.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  08:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow. Talk about a coin and place with an interesting history!

These days Sancerre is most famous for its trendy white wine.
(Ooohhh that gives me another idea for a collecting theme!! DANGER!)
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 Posted 11/18/2018  12:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jskirwin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wonder why they put a beard on Caesar? Maybe because at the time the coin was minted all the cool kids wore them?
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11/18/2018 12:22 pm
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 Posted 11/18/2018  5:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ha ha! Great coin!

To the people of mediaeval Sancerre, I give them +5 points for keeping the memory of Julius Caesar alive.

But I give them -15 points for forgetting what he looked like.
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 Posted 11/19/2018  01:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to all for the kind comments. I think he looks more like Gandalf than Julius Caesar.
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11/19/2018 01:16 am
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