Julius Caesar, 49-44 BC. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 8.18 g, 9 h), with A. Hirtius, praetor. Rome, early 46. C•CAESAR COS TER Veiled female head (of Vesta or Pietas?) to right. Rev. A HIRTIVS PR Emblems of the augurate and pontificate: lituus, guttus, and securis. Babelon (Hirtia) 1 and (Julia) 22. Calicó 37. Crawford 466/1. RBW 1634-1636. Sydenham 1017-1018. Struck on a broad flan. Some scrapes, otherwise, very fine.
Aulus Hirtius was a friend of Julius Caesar, with whom he fought in Gaul, and the consul of the year 43, in the course of which he died from his wounds while besieging Mark Antony in Mutina. Hirtius was an avid writer on military subjects: he added an eighth book to the dictator's De Bello Gallico and is believed to have been the author of Caesar's De Bello Alexandrino. It has also been speculated that Hirtius was the editor, though not the author, of De Bello Africano and De Bello Hispaniensi.