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Coins of Rome about Parthia:
Augustus (31 B.C. - A.D. 14)

Gaius Julius Octavianus, first Roman emperor. Great nephew of Julius Caesar who adopted him as heir. He, Mark Antony and Lepidus composed the Second Triumvirate. Received the title of Augustus from the senate. Died in A.D. 14 at the age of 77.

Standards captured from the Romans at the defeat of Crassus in 53 B.C., from L. Decidius Saxa in Syria in 40 B.C., and from Marc Antony in 36 B.C. were returned by the Parthians in 20 B.C. and placed in the temple of Mars / Ultor. Upon Augustus' return to Rome, he was voted a triumphal chariot by the senate which was evidently kept in the temple of Mars / Ultor. There are silver denarii showing a kneeling Parthian offering a standard, and denarii and tetradrachms showing the standards resting in the temple.

See the biography of Augustus at De Imperatoribus Romanis, an online encyclopedia of Roman emperors.

TR P refers to the tribune power of the emperor, and indicates the year. It may appear on the obverse or reverse. Dating can also be done from consulships (COS) and imperatorial acclamations (IMP):

MAR VLT
RSC 1 dates the moniers who produced some of Augustus' SIGN RECE coins to 18 BC, but I'm not sure if this is still current

Coins in the Name of Augustus

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Catalog Denom Inscription Reverse Type

Augustus  20 B.C.

RIC1 131
BMC 173,427
aureus SPQR IMP CAESARI AVG COS XI TR POT VI / CIVIB ET SIGN MILIT A PART RECV P triumphal arch
RIC1 86a
RSC1 265
S 492 (Fourrée)
denarius AVGVSTVS CAESAR / SIGNIS RECEPTIS shield between legionary eagle and standard, S P Q R in field around shield; also RSC 265a - 267a
RIC1 86b
RSC1 267
denarius AVGVSTVS CAESAR / SIGNIS RECEPTIS shield between legionary eagle and standard, S P Q R in field around shield
C 544
BM 77
Paris 348
denarius / LVINICIVS Triumphal arch inscribed SPQR IMP CAE, surmounted by Augustus in facing quadriga; on each side of arch is a colonnaded passageway surmounted by a statue of a Parthian enemy; both of the enemies salute Augustus or return a standard to him and the one on l. also carries a bow
RIC1 134a denarius SPQR IMP CAESARI AVG COS XI TRI POT VI / CIVIB ET SIGN MILIT A PART RECV P E R triumphal arch
RIC1 136 denarius SPQR IMP CAESARI AVG COS XI TR POT VI / CIVIB ET SIGN MILIT A PART RECV P triumphal arch
RIC1 137 denarius SPQR IMP CAESARI AVG COS XI TR POT VI / CIVIB ET SIGN MILIT A PART RECV P E R triumphal arch
RSC1 190 denarius / MAR VLT standards in temple; also RSC 190a - 205
RSC1 192 denarius CAESAR AVGVSTO / MART VLTO standards in temple; also RSC 190 - 205
RSC1 255 denarius / SIGNIS PARTHICIS RECEPTIS text only on rev; also RSC 257
RSC1 259
RIC1 41
RIC1 82a
BMCRE 414
denarius AVGVSTVS CAESAR / SIGNIS RECEPTIS Mars stand. facing; also RSC 259a - 262a
RSC1 272 denarius CAESAR AVGVSTO / S P Q R triumphal quadriga; also RSC 272a - 282
RSC1 298 cistophor IMP IX TR PO V / S P R SIGNIS RECPTIS triumphal arch inscribed IMP IX TR PO(T) V surmounted by quadriga
Suth 552a cistophor IMP IX TR PO V / MART VLTO Temple of Mars Ultor with standard
RSC1 358 denarius L AQVILLIVS FLORVS III VIR / CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE Parthian kneeling R presenting standard; also RSC 359
RSC1 428 denarius M DVRMIVS / CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE Parthian kneeling R presenting standard; also RSC 428a
RIC1 315 denarius M DVRMIVS III VIR HONORI / CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE Parthian kneeling R, holding in extended R hand standard and vexillum
RSC1 484
RSC1 484
BMCRE 14
RIC1 288
RIC1 288
RIC1 288
RIC1 288
RIC1 288
RIC1 288 var
denarius Bust of Feronia; R TVRPILIANVS III VIR FERON / CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE Parthian kneeling R presenting standard
RSC1 485 denarius Bust of Liber; TVRPILIANVS III VIR   / CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE Parthian kneeling R presenting standard; X on vexillum; also RSC 484a - 486
ANS
1992-121-53
denarius
forgery
AVGVSTVS / L CANINIVS GALLVS III VIR Parthian kneeling R, holding up legionary eagle
Catalog Denom Inscription Reverse Type

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