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44 BC

Coins bearing the image of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar was the first Roman to have his effigy on a coin during his lifetime. By doing this, he wanted to show all his sub­jects that he was the absolute ruler of Rome. Money thus became an instrument of political pro­pa­ganda. Fol­lowing Caesar's death (March 44 BC), all Roman emperors minted coins bearing their image.

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