EMPEROR AUGUSTUS 2000th ANNIVERSARY SMOM MAXIMUM CARD
Catalog #: Sassone #0
Condition: EMPEROR AUGUSTUS 2000th ANNIVERSARY SMOM MAXIMUM CARD
Item Id #: 11591
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The Sovereign Military Order of Malta on 26 May 2014 issued a stamp commemorating the 2000th Anniversary of the death of Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor. The stamp depicts the statue of the Emperor known as â€œAugustus of the First Gateâ€ now at the Vatican Museum, discovered in 1863 at the Villa Livia of Prima Porta (First Gate) near Rome. Livia Drusilla was the Emperorâ€™s wife, traditionally known as Julia Augusta. The Emperor is depicted as the Commander in Chief; his breastplate reliefs show Caelus, the sky god, spreading the tent of the sky; Aurora and Luna; the personification of the subjected peoples; the goddess Diana; the earth goddess Ceres/Tellus – similarly represented on the Ara Pacis; Apollo, Augustus’s patron; the personification of the tributary peoples; the sun god Sol; a Sphinx on each shoulder, representing the defeat of Cleopatra by Augustus. Pictured here is a limited edition maximum card with the said stamp cancelled by a special first day of issue postmark.