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Live auction - brm_459101 - CALIGULA As

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Estimate : 1 200 €
Price : 750 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 12 December 2017 14:34:14
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : As
Date: 37-38
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 11,85 g.
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie dans un état de conservation remarquable, frappée sur un flan large, épais et idéalement centrée. Joli portrait et revers de style fin. Belle patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête nue de Caligula à gauche (O°1).
Obverse translation : “Caius Cæsar Augustus Germanicus Pontifex Maximus Tribunicia Potestate”, (Caius césar auguste germanique, grand pontife, revêtu de la puissance tribunitienne).


Reverse legend : VESTA/ S|C.
Reverse description : Vesta voilée, assise à gauche, tenant un sceptre de la main gauche et une patère de la droite.
Reverse translation : “Vesta”, (Vesta).


Certains auteurs ont vu dans la déesse du revers la représentation d’Antonia, la grand-mère de Caligula, la femme de Néron Drusus et la mère de Germanicus, morte en 37.

Historical background


(03/16/37 to 01/24/41) Caius Cæsar Augustus Germanicus

Caligula was born August 31, 12 at Antium, ninth child of Germanicus and Agrippina the former. He lost his father at 19 and his mother was disgraced by Tiberius and died in exile at 33. He is the great grand-son of Augustus by his mother and grand-nephew of Tiberius by his father. Caligula succeeded Tiberius after assassinated (according to Suetonius). His real name was Gaius Caesar. His nickname comes from a military boot "caliga" child he wore when he was with his father in the army. After a promising start in 37-38, sick and unstable due to a heavy inheritance, he was assassinated in 41.

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