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Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.

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.


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia
Click for a larger photo RPC identifies this ruler as Uncertain Emperor (Tiberius?) while SNG Copenhagen says Tiberius. The portrait does look like Tiberius.
GB90185. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2279, SNG Cop 233, BMC Mysia -, F, weight 3.804 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 225o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, obverse CEBAC, laureate head right; reverse ΛAMΨAKH, forepart of Pegasos right; rare; $175.00 (€131.25)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Scholars disagree on the date of this type. If the "S" is actually a retrograde (backwards) "Z," the date is year 17 or 30 A.D. If the "S" is actually the Greek letter stigma, the date is year 16 or 29 A.D.
JD69881. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342a, SGICV 5623, F, nice highlighting desert patina, uneven strike, weight 1.990 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, Caesarea mint, 29 or 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIς (year 16 = 29 A.D.) or LIZ (Z retrograde year 17 = 30 A.D.) within wreath; $160.00 (€120.00)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD69884. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342, Meshorer TJC 333, RPC I 4968, SGICV 5623, aVF, green patina, centered, clear date, weight 2.005 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 315o, Caesarea mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIZ (year 17) within wreath; $160.00 (€120.00)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He is only known from the New Testament, his coins and a single stone discovered in 1961 inscribed with Pilate's name and "PRAEFECTUS IVDAEAE," which is now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
JD69869. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1341, Meshorer TJC 331, RPC I 4967, SGICV 5622, F, earthen desert patina highlighting, well centered on a tight flan, weight 1.869 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 270o, Caesarea mint, 29 A.D.; obverse IOYLIA KAICAPOC, three bound heads of barley, the outer two heads drooping; reverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC (of Tiberius Caesar) and date LIς (year 16) surrounding simpulum (libation ladle); $150.00 (€112.50)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Scholars disagree on the date of this type. If the "S" is actually a retrograde (backwards) "Z," the date is year 17 or 30 A.D. If the "S" is actually the Greek letter stigma, the date is year 16 or 29 A.D. On this coin the last letter of the date looks much more like the Greek "ς" than a retrograde Z.
JD69880. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342a, SGICV 5623, aF, weight 2.448 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 29 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIς (year 16 = 29 A.D.) within wreath; $150.00 (€112.50)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD69887. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342, Meshorer TJC 333, RPC I 4968, SGICV 5623, VF, desert (earthen) patina, weight 2.083 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIZ (year 17) within wreath; $150.00 (€112.50)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He is only known from the New Testament, his coins and a single stone discovered in 1961 inscribed with Pilate's name and "PRAEFECTUS IVDAEAE," which is now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
JD69872. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1341, Meshorer TJC 331, RPC I 4967, SGICV 5622, F, both sides 1/3 off center, weight 1.811 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 29 A.D.; obverse IOYLIA KAICAPOC, three bound heads of barley, the outer two heads drooping; reverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC (of Tiberius Caesar) and date LIς (year 16) surrounding simpulum (libation ladle); $140.00 (€105.00)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He is only known from the New Testament, his coins and a single stone discovered in 1961 inscribed with Pilate's name and "PRAEFECTUS IVDAEAE," which is now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
JD69877. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1343, SGICV 5624, F, clear date, obverse 1/5 off center, uneven strike, weight 2.031 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 31 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIH (year 18) within wreath; $140.00 (€105.00)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD69883. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342, Meshorer TJC 333, RPC I 4968, SGICV 5623, aF, pitting, clear date, weight 2.408 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIZ (year 17) within wreath; $140.00 (€105.00)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD69888. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342, Meshorer TJC 333, RPC I 4968, SGICV 5623, aF, areas of flaked patina, weight 2.678 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 180o, Caesarea mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIZ (year 17) within wreath; $140.00 (€105.00)

Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia
Click for a larger photo RPC identifies this ruler as "Uncertain Emperor (Tiberius?)" while SNG Copenhagen says "Tiberius." The portrait does look like Tiberius.
RP90508. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2279, SNG Cop 233, VF, weight 4.856 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 180o, Lampsacus mint, obverse CEBAC, laureate head right; reverse ΛAMΨAKH, forepart of Pegasos right, uncertain object below; scarce; $140.00 (€105.00)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD69885. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342, Meshorer TJC 333, RPC I 4968, SGICV 5623, VF, both sides off center, clear date, weight 1.305 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (pagan religious implement); reverse LIZ (year 17) within wreath; $130.00 (€97.50)

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He is only known from the New Testament, his coins and a single stone discovered in 1961 inscribed with Pilate's name and "PRAEFECTUS IVDAEAE," which is now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
JD69867. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1341, Meshorer TJC 331, RPC I 4967, SGICV 5622, F, slightly irregular tight flan, weight 1.289 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 29 A.D.; obverse IOYLIA KAICAPOC, three bound heads of barley, the outer two heads drooping; reverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC (of Tiberius Caesar) and date LIς (year 16) surrounding simpulum (libation ladle); $120.00 (€90.00)

Laodikeia ad Lycum, Phrygia, Time of Augustus, c. 13 - 37 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Luna, the Greek moon-goddess, was female, which seems natural because the female menstrual cycle follows the lunar month. But Mên was a male moon-god, probably originally of the indigenous non-Greek Karian people. By Roman times Mên was worshiped across Anatolia and in Attica. He was associated with fertility, healing, and punishment. Mên is usually depicted with a crescent moon behind his shoulders, wearing a Phrygian cap, and holding a lance or sword in one hand and a pine-cone or patera in the other. His other attributes include the bucranium and chicken. A temple of Mên has been excavated at Antioch, Pisidia.
RP90772. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2907; SNG Cop 513 ff.; BMC Phrygia p. 288, 64 ff.; Lindgren I 984, F, nice green patina, weight 3.946 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, Laodikeia ad Lycum mint, Time of Tiberius, c. 13 - 37 A.D.; obverse ΛAO∆I KEΩN, bust of Mên right, wearing Phrygian cap and laurel wreath, crescent behind shoulders; reverse KOP (ligate), ∆IOΣKOYPI∆HΣ (Cornelius Dioskurides, magistrate), eagle standing slightly right on branch (or club), head left, wings slightly open; ex Forum (2010); $100.00 (€75.00)

Click for a larger photo 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.
RB90866. Copper as, RIC I 245, Cohen 37, BMCRE I 585, BnF II 1769, F, thin flan, weight 5.461 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 315o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, as caesar, 12 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII, laureate head right; reverse ROM ET AVG, Altar of Lugdunum, decorated with corona civica between laurels and nude male figures, flanked by Victories on columns facing center raising wreaths; $80.00 (€60.00)

Tiberius and Drusus Caesar, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Uncertain Mint (Philippi?), Macedonia
Click for a larger photo 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 with yoke of two oxen right, plowing the pomerium (sacred boundary), founding a new colony; $75.00 (€56.25)


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Obverse legends:

CIVITATIBVSASIAERESTITVTIS
TICAESARAVGFTRPOTXV (TIBERIUS AND AUGUSTUS)
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTIMPVII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTIMPVIII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTVS
TICAESARAVGVSTIFIMPERATOR
TICAESARAVGVSTIFIMPERATORV
TI CAESARAVGVSTFIMPERATVII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTVS
TIDIVIFAVGVSTVS



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