A friend showed me a coin he found a number of years a go, but it is hard to identify if it is a Roman coin.

Can someone help me identify when it is from?

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  • I will add the image shortly
    – Terry
    Dec 11, 2015 at 16:51

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It is a Caesar denarius minted in 49 BC. This was the first type of coin Caesar had minted. The obverse is an elephant trampling a snake with CAESAR beneath. The reverse features the fetishes of the Pontifex Maximus, a title Caesar held at the time. See Roman Republican Coinage by Michael Crawford.

obverse and reverse of coin
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    Here is a clear image of such a coin: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CaesarElephant.jpg
    – andejons
    Jul 5, 2016 at 5:54
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    Two years now and the OP has not still not accepted an answer (fairly active on several S.E sites, but has not been seen in 3 months). Cone on, OP, you know how S.E works - someone tried to help you. If the answer was good, accept it, to help others in future. Oct 4, 2017 at 22:20

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