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Lot 74

Estimate: 15'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 12'000 CHF Price realized: 24'000 CHF
THE ROMAN EMPIRE. TIBERIUS, AD 14-37. Aureus, Lugdunum. AV 7.79 g. TI CAESAR DIVI - AVG F AVGVSTVS Laureate head r. Rev. PONTIF - MAXIM Iustitia, draped, seated r., holding scepter with her r. hand, branch in her l. hand. RIC 95, 25. C. 15. BN II, 41, 13. Calicó I, 74, 305.
Extremely fine
Provenance: L. Herold collection and Auction Hess-Divo AG, Zurich 324 (2013), 8.
Tiberius was the son of Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia Drusilla. His mother divorced and married Octavian, later known as Augustus, in 39 BC, making him a step-son of Octavian. Tiberius would later marry Augustus' daughter, Julia the Elder, and even later be adopted by Augustus, by which act he officially became a Julian, bearing the name Tiberius Julius Caesar. Tiberius was one of the greatest Roman generals; his conquest of Pannonia, Dalmatia, Raetia, and temporarily, parts of Germania, laid the foundations for the northern frontier. But he came to be remembered as a dark, reclusive, and sombre ruler who never really desired to be emperor; Pliny the Elder called him "the gloomiest of men."

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