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Denarius of Julius Caesar with Elephant

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Arienne King
by Smithsonian National Museum of American History
published on 01 March 2020
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Silver denarius of Julius Caesar. The coin depicts an elephant stepping on a snake with the legend "CAESAR" written below. The coin may reference his victory at the Battle of Thapsus in 49 BCE, where he defeated Roman and Numidian forces who fielded war elephants. It may also reference a legendary ancestor of Caesar who was said to have singlehandedly killed an elephant. Minted in Rome, c. 49-48 BCE. (Courtesy of Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

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History, S. N. M. o. A. (2020, March 01). Denarius of Julius Caesar with Elephant. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/11953/denarius-of-julius-caesar-with-elephant/

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History, Smithsonian National Museum of American. "Denarius of Julius Caesar with Elephant." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 01, 2020. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/11953/denarius-of-julius-caesar-with-elephant/.

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History, Smithsonian National Museum of American. "Denarius of Julius Caesar with Elephant." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 01 Mar 2020. Web. 14 Apr 2021.

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