BITHYNIA. Nicaea. Julius Caesar, 49-44 BC. Assarion (Orichalcum, 22 mm, 8.06 g, 12 h), C. Vibius Pansa Caetronianus, proconsul and governor of Bithynia et Pontus, CY 236 = 47/6. ΝΙΚΑΙΕΩΝ Bare head of Julius Caesar to right. Rev. [ΕΠΙ ΓΑΙΟΥ] - ΟΥΙΒΙΟΥ / ΠΑΝΣΑ // ϚΛΣ Nike advancing to right, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond over her left shoulder; to right and below left, monograms. RG 11. RPC I 2026. Rare and with a fine portrait. The reverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
This is the earliest portrait of Julius Caesar, predating that of Lampsacus (RPC I 2268-9) by a year and the earliest Rome mint denarii by two.