This coin is one of the coins minted shortly before Julius Caesar’s assassination, on the infamous Ides of March, March 15, 44 BC, announcing him as perpetual dictator. It is said that these coins helped kill him. Romans of the republic were leery of anyone becoming too powerful or wanting to become king. Additionally, living Romans were not portrayed on coins. Though I am somewhat of a fan of Caesar, it is hard to find fault with Brutus, Cassius, and the rest for taking him out.
If you would like to see what a very, very nice sample of this coin looks like, click here. Note the price of the coin in the link and you will see why mine is so beat up. :) I’m not complaining though, I love this coin.
Julius Caesar. 44 BC. AR Denarius. L. Aemilius Buca, moneyer.
Obverse: CAESAR D[CT PER]PETVO, laureate head right.
Reverse: L BVCA, winged caduceus and fasces in saltire; axe, globe, and clasped hands in angles.
Crawford 480/6; CRI 103; Sydenham 1063; RSC 25. 18mm - 2.90 g.