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Live auction - bpv_667717 - CALIGULA Drachme

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 720 €
Maximum bid : 780 €
End of the sale : 15 June 2021 14:48:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: 37-38
Mint name / Town : Césarée, Cappadoce
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,61 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentrée présentant un très joli portrait de Caligula. Revers à l’usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête nue de Caligula à droite (O°).
Obverse translation : “Caius Cæsar Augustus Germanicus”, (Caius césar auguste germanique).


Reverse legend : IMPERATOR PONT. MAX. AVG. TR. POT..
Reverse description : Lituus et simpulum.
Reverse translation : “Imperator Pontifex Maximus Augustus Tribunicia Potestate”, (Empereur, Grand Pontife, Auguste, revêtu de la puissance tribunicienne).

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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