, depicted on the of this coin, was father of the emperor , a Roman senator, three times consul, and governor of from 35 to 39 A.D. In 36 A.D. fired , the infamous prefect of . A Samaritan, claiming to be Moses reincarnate, gathered an armed following. Pilate dispersed the crowd by killing some and taking many prisoners. After he executed the ringleaders, the Samaritans appealed to , complaining that Pilate's response was excessive. , agreed, sent Pilate back to Italy and appointed Marcellus. In support of and , invented arguments why the old rule that an uncle and his niece should not marry did not apply to the emperor. The new empress returned the favor. When was accused of high treason by the senator Junius , she made sure that exiled the accuser. died unexpectedly from a paralytic stroke and received a statue on the speaker's platform on the Roman , with the "Of unwavering loyalty to the emperor." His unwavering loyalty was later criticized by :
"The man, I am aware, had a bad name at Rome, and many a foul story was told of him. But in the government of provinces he acted with the virtue of ancient times. He returned and then, through fear of and intimacy with , degenerated into a servility so base that he is regarded by an after-generation as the of the most degrading adulation. The beginning of his career was forgotten in its end, and an old age of infamy effaced the virtues of youth." [ , Annals, 6.32; tr. A.J. Church and W.J. Brodribb]
, 94, 23, 54, F, 7.029 g, maximum 18.8 mm, 180o, Rome mint, Apr - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate head right; L , (emperor's father) togate, seated left on curule chair, extending right, in left eagle-tipped , feet on stool; very ( ); SOLD
High relief portrait and nice . Some of the best Roman engravers worked at the Rome Mint from the late reign of to the early reign of . Apparently their ranks were thinned by the Civil Wars of 69 A.D., because the bronze coinage of is, by comparison, pedestrian in .SH37568.
, 2213, 162, 15, 65, 116, gVF, 13.643 g, maximum 28.7 mm, 180o, Rome mint, 69 A.D.; A GERMA , laureate and draped right; AVGVSTI S C, seated left holding and , lit garlanded before; ; SOLD
, 104, 30, F, 6.94 g, maximum 20.1 mm, 180o, Rome mint, 69 A.D.; A , laureate head right; , standing facing, head right holding and long rod; some nicks and finder scrapes; "S" and "C" shaped banker's marks in fields; very (R3); SOLD
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