457/1 #0114-35 A ALLIENVS PRO COS Julius Caesar Venus Trinacrus prow triskeles Denarius ex Duke of Northumberland Collection
Denarius. 47BC. 3.45grams. Sicily camp Caesar mint. Julius Caesar Alliena. Crawford 457/01 A ALLIENVS PRO COS. Obverse: hd Venus r C CAESAR. Reverse: Trinacrus l, prow, triskeles. Rare. This type is almost always found with weak strikes, although the dies are well made.
Northumberland Smyth 1856: (this actual coin)
ALLIENA (Plebeian). A female head, with a frontal diadem and a necklace, presumed to represent Venus. Around it C(aius) CAESAR, IMP(erator), CO(n)S(ul) ITER(um). This is a very rare coin. Rev — A(ulus) ALLIENVS, PROCO(n)S(ul). A naked virile figure, with a mantle on the left arm, stands with his right foot on the prow of a ship, after the manner in which Neptune appears on coins and medals. From his holding the triquetra, or triskeles, or three human legs, it is considered as representing Allienus assuming the naval command in Sicily, to which he was appointed by Julius Caesar, in the civil war against Pompey. Aulus was the friend of Cicero, and his sentiments and disposition are highly extolled by that fluent orator.