Silver denarius of Julius Caesar
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Caesar’s earliest coins feature symbols of his military success and religious influence. The elephant was associated with the victories of Alexander the Great. The reverse depicts religious implements associated with Caesar’s office of Pontifex Maximus: the simpulum (ladle used to pour libations), aspergillum (utensil for sprinkling holy water), securis (sacred axe used for sacrifice), and apex (ritual cap worn by priests).
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