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Heritage Auctions, Inc.   |   World Coins & Ancient Coins #3066   |   17 August 2018 Sort by Lot-NumberSort by Estimate
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Lot 30094

Estimate: 6'000 USD   |   Starting price: 3'000 USD Price realized: 6'600 USD
Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus (19mm, 7.76 gm, 10h). NGC AU 4/5 - 3/5, edge marks. Lugdunum, AD 15-16. TI CAESAR DIVI-AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Tiberius right / TR POT-XVII, Tiberius standing in triumphal quadriga right, laurel branch in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter in left, all four horses looking right; IMP VII in exergue. RIC I 3. Calicó 308. Well-struck and sharp example of this early issue which is often seen in more circulated condition. The son of Augustus' wife Livia by her previous marriage to a member of the aristocratic Claudian family, Tiberius Claudius Nero was born in 42 BC in the waning days of the Roman Republic. His path to supreme power was too circuitous to relate here, but upon the death of Augustus in AD 14, Tiberius was a weary 54-year-old who didn't truly want the job of emperor anymore. Nevertheless, Tiberius' first years as emperor went fairly smoothly, marred only by the death of the popular Germanicus in AD 19. Still, Tiberius longed to leave the hubbub of Rome behind. He attempted to retire in stages, giving more and more power to his unscrupulous Praetorian Prefect Sejanus, who plotted the arrests and murders of nearly the whole Julio-Claudian family. Heartsick and tired of intrigues, Tiberius retired permanently to the luxurious island retreat of Capri in AD 27, allowing Sejanus to run wild and destroy himself by overreaching. Tiberius died embittered and unloved in AD 37, leaving the succession to his deranged nephew Gaius 'Caligula,' perhaps as a cruel joke on the Roman people. It is unlikely he ever knew about the most momentous event of his reign, the ministry and crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Judaea. Like Tiberius himself, his coinage was intensely conservative, with only a single precious metal type in use for almost the entirety of his 23-year reign (the PONTIF MAXIM reverse type), making this early quadriga type even more desirable as it was only produced during his first two regnal years - Tribunicia Potestas XVI and XVII.HID05401242017

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