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AUGUSTUS CAESAR Blacas Cameo Gemstones Silver Coin 200$ 2 Kg Kilos British Virgin Islands 2014


Spectacular coin made of 2 kg of Silver 999 enriched by 12 real precious gemstones and the Blacas Cameo. Issued to mark the 2000th anniversary of his death on 19 August 14 AD, this coin commemorates the dazzling personal story of Augustus in parallel with the birth of a new historical era. Extremely low mintage of only 50 pieces issued in all the world.

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Caesar Augustus
Augustus (23 September 63 BC – 19 August 14 AD) was the founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.
Born Gaius Octavius, in 44 BC he was adopted posthumously by his maternal great-uncle Gaius Julius Caesar following Caesar's assassination. Together with Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus, he formed the Second Triumvirate to defeat the assassins of Caesar.
The Triumvirate was eventually torn apart under the competing ambitions of its members: Lepidus was driven into exile and stripped of his position, and Antony committed suicide following his defeat at the Battle of Actium by Augustus in 31 BC.
After the demise of the Second Triumvirate, Augustus restored the outward facade of the free Republic, with governmental power vested in the Roman Senate, the executive magistrates, and the legislative assemblies.
He rejected monarchical titles, and instead called himself Princeps Civitatis ("First Citizen").
The resulting constitutional framework became known as the Principate, the first phase of the Roman Empire.
The reign of Augustus initiated an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana (The Roman Peace). Despite continuous wars of imperial expansion on the Empire's frontiers and one year-long civil war over the imperial succession, the Roman world was largely free from large-scale conflict for more than two centuries. Augustus dramatically enlarged the Empire, annexing Egypt, Dalmatia, Pannonia, Noricum, and Raetia, expanded possessions in Africa, expanded into Germania, and completed the conquest of Hispania.
He reformed the Roman system of taxation, developed networks of roads with an official courier system, established a standing army, established the Praetorian Guard, created official police and fire-fighting services for Rome, and rebuilt much of the city during his reign.
Augustus died in 14 AD at the age of 75. He may have died from natural causes, although there were unconfirmed rumors that his wife Livia poisoned him. He was succeeded as Emperor by his adopted son (also stepson and former son-in-law), Tiberius.

  • CountryBritish Virgin Islands
  • Year2014
  • Face Value200 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)2000 (2 Kg)
  • Diameter (mm)140
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)50
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin obverse features the Blacas Cameo, it is an unusually large Ancient Roman cameo. It shows the profile head of the Roman emperor Augustus and probably dates from shortly after his death in AD 14. It has been in the British Museum since 1867. The coin features the very same 12 gemstones as the Blacas Cameo: diamonds, ornyx, emerald, garnet, topaz! High quality acrylic case crafted in Italy! Each coin is individually numbered! Issued as legal tender under the authority of the British Virgin Islands, the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date are shown on the obverse of each coin.