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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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Estimate: 8'000 USD   |   Starting price: 4'000 USD Price realized: 12'000 USD
Gaius 'Caligula' (AD 37-41), with Divus Augustus (died AD 14). AR denarius (19mm, 3.75 gm, 2h). NGC Choice XF S 5/5 - 4/5. Lugdunum, AD 37. C CAESAR AVG GERM • P • M • TR • POT COS, bare head of Caligula right / Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, flanked by two six-pointed stars. RIC I 2. BMCRE 4. BN 3-8. RSC 11. Well-struck, with a pair of excellent portraits, the flan exhibiting lovely deep cabinet toning. Ex Gemini III (9 January 2007), lot 343; Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection Part IV (Sotheby's, 19-20 June 1991), lot 690; Leu 25 (23 April 1980), lot 244. Despite being perhaps the worst of all Roman emperors, Caligula's coinage is interesting and attractive. As he had few, if any, real accomplishments to tout, his reverse types place great stress on his blue-blooded lineage. His portrait on this denarius appears almost charismatic and hides his true cruel, capricious nature, while the reverse depicts his great-grandfather, Augustus, now deified, the second star on the reverse possibly intended to represent Tiberius.HID05401242017

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