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brm_923117 - CALIGULA Denier

CALIGULA Denier AU
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Item sold on our e-shop (2024)
Price : 4 000.00 €
Type : Denier
Date: 37
Mint name / Town : Lyon
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 8 h.
Weight : 3,69 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Très beau denier frappé sur un flan idéalement centré et très bien venu à la frappe. Une fine usure superficielle, mais de très beaux portraits de chaque côté. Patine grise aux très légers reflets dorés

Obverse


Obverse legend : C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT COS.
Obverse description : Tête nue de Caligula à droite (O°).
Obverse translation : “Caius Cæsar Augustus Germanicus Pontifex Maximus Tribunicia Potestate Consul”, (Caius césar auguste germanique grand pontife revêtu de la puissance tribunitienne consul).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête radiée d’Auguste entre deux étoiles (O).

Commentary


Ce type a certainement été le premier frappé pour le règne de Caligula. Il était tout à fait normal que Caligula choisisse le portrait d’Auguste afin de rappeler sa filiation. Le buste du divin Auguste est radié et placé entre les étoiles des Dioscures. Ces étoiles pourraient rappeler les deux frères aînés de Caligula, Néron et Drusus césars ?.

Historical background


CALIGULA

(16/03/37-24/01/41)

Caligula was born on August 31, 12 in Antium. Ninth child of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder, he lost his father in 19. His mother was disgraced by Tiberius and died in exile in 33. He was Augustus' great-grandson through his mother and the little -nephew of Tiberius by his father. Caligula succeeds Tiberius after having assassinated him (according to Suetonius). His real name is Caius Caesar. His nickname comes from a "caliga" military shoe that he wore as a child with his father, in the army. After a promising start in 37-38, he was assassinated in 41.

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