When dozens of senators conspired against Julius Caesar by attacking him with knives before a meeting in 44 BCE, they believed they were taking a necessary step towards restoring Rome by eliminating the tyrannical, one-man locus of power. However, instead of eradicating the position of influence, the enemies of Caesar soon found that they killed only one man, not the idea or pursuit of sole rule. The young and obscure great-nephew of Caesar, Gaius Octavian, emerged the surprise principal heir in his will. Therein, Caesar had also legally adopted the young man, a fact that Octavian would use much to his advantage in the ensuing power struggle for primacy in Rome. Caesar actually grew more popular in death, for he bequeathed each Roman citizen with 300 sesterces, in addition to his property across the Tiber. When Antony, Caesar’s co-consul and thus executor, held back this money, Octavian sold his own property to pay the tribute to each individual. In addition to this strategic generosity, Octavian emphasized his relationship to Caesar in other ways, styling himself as Gaius Julius Caesar. M. Sanquinius, a moneyer, minted this and similar coins during 17 BCE, after Octavian became Augustus, and in celebration of the Secular Games, which occurred only once in a century. This denarius further entwines and elevates the two men; the reverse portrait of the deified Caesar features the fortuitous comet that shown after his death (taken as a celestial sign of his divinity), and the obverse image of Augustus titles him simply but boldly: “Augustus, Son of a god“ (AVGVSTVS DIVI F). KHK.