CaiusCaesar was born in 12 A.D., the son of Germanicus and Agrippina Sr. He was nicknamed Caligula, meaning "little boots," by the legions because as a child his mother dressed him in military uniforms (including little boots). Initially he was very popular, succeeding Tiberius in 37 A.D. and for a few brief months ruling very well. However, an unknown disease drove him mad and his reign soon degenerated into debauchery and murder. He was murdered by the Praetorian Guard in 41 A.D.
SH37559. Gold aureus, RIC I 27, Cohen 20, BMCRE I 20, SRCV I 1795, Paris 37, VF, weight 7.581 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 225o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 40 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG PON M TR POT III COS III, laureate head right; reverse SPQR P P OB C S in three lines within oak wreath; SOLD
The first Rome mint portrait sestertius, and a highly sought after reversetype.
SH38172. Orichalcumsestertius, SRCV I 1800, RIC I 33, Cohen 4, NCG VF, Strike 5, Surface 2, weight 26.340 g, maximum diameter 34.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, laureate head left; reverseAGRIPPINADRVSILLA IVLIA S C, the three sisters of Caligula standing, in the guises of Securitas, Concordia and Fortuna; NGC certified, excellent centering and strike, attractive portrait, patina worn on high spots; rare; SOLD
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Commemorative Struck by Caligula
The reverselegend indicates the figure depicted is a statue that was dedicated to Augustus by the "general will of the Senate, equestrian order and people of Rome."
SH60662. Orichalcumdupondius, SRCV I 1811, RIC I Gaius 56, BMCRE I 88, gVF, full and heavy flan, weight 18.346 g, maximum diameter 29.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck by Caligula, 37 - 41 A.D.; obverse DIVVS AVGVSTVS S C, radiate head of Augustus left; reverse CONSENSV SENAT ET EQ ORDIN P Q R, Augustus laureate and togate, seated left on curule chair, branch in right, left at side; excellent centering and strike; SOLD