Tiberius became Augustus' stepson when the emperor married Livia in 38 B.C. Augustus forced Tiberius to divorce the wife he loved and to marry his daughter Julia. Tiberius hated his new wife and escaped her by going into voluntary exile at Rhodes in 6 B.C. After the deaths of the other possible successors, he was recalled in 2 A.D. and groomed to succeed Augustus, which he did on 19 August 14. The empire thrived under Tiberius; however, his reign was marred by a conspiracy to rule by his Praetorian Praefect Sejanus and by his descent into paranoia near the end of his reign. Tiberius moved to Capri in 26, and ruled from there until his natural death on 16 March 37.
Lot of 4 Scarce Roman Julio-Claudian Bronze Coins from Spain
1) Augustus / Caius and Lucius, RPC I 107. 2) Tiberius / Nero and Drusus Caesars, RPC I 179. 3) Tiberius / Drusus and Livia, RPC I 233. 4) Tiberius / Germanicus and Drusus, RPC I 137.
Tiberius and Drusus Caesar, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Uncertain Mint (Philippi?), Macedonia
Drusus, the only son of Tiberius, never obtained the throne. Drusus' wife Livilla was seduced by the praetorian prefect Sejanus. She poisoned Drusus to support Sejanus' plot to become emperor. Years later the plot was discovered and Sejanus and Livilla were executed.
RP59942. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 1658; BMC Mysia p. 104, 92 (Parium); SNG Cop -; SNG ANS -, aF, weight 5.335 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, Philippi(?) mint, obverse TI AVG DRVSVS CAESAR, jugate heads of Tiberius and Drusus right; reverse two priests plowing right behind oxen; $85.00 (€63.75)
The Altar of Lugdunum and the Sanctuary of the Three Gauls were dedicated by Augustus on 1 August 10 B.C., the very same day Drusus' son, the future emperor Claudius, was born in Lugdunum. All the notable men of Gaul were invited. Caius Julius Vercondaridubnus, a member of the Aedui tribe, was the first priest of the new imperial cult. The altar, which was engraved with the names of 60 Gallic tribes, was featured prominently on coins from the Lugdunum mint for many years.
RB67611. Copper as, Pangerl 57a (same type, with same countermark), RIC IAugustus 245, F, weight 10.654 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, as caesar, 12 A.D.; obverseTI CAESARAVGVST F IMPERAT VII (or similar), laureate head right; reverseROM ET AVG, front of the altar of Lugdunum, decorated with corona civica between laurels and nude male figures, flanked by Victories on columns facing center raising wreaths; countermark: TIB IM (TiberiusImperator) in rectangular incuse; $80.00 (€60.00) ON RESERVE