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Roman Coins of the 12 Caesars

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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Strabo wrote, "The Romans possess Lugdunum, founded below a ridge at the confluence of the Arar and the Rhone. It is the most populous of all the other cities except Narbo; for it is a center of commerce, and the Roman emperors strike their silver and gold coinage there." (4.3.2)

SH85057. Silver denarius, RIC I 167b, BMCRE I 455, RSC I 139, BnF I 1386, Hunter I 197 var. (head right), SRCV I 1610 var. (same), aEF, attractive dark toning, nice style, flat area near temple, weight 3.868 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 15 - 13 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVIF, bare head left, border of dots; reverse bull butting right, left foreleg raised, lashing tail, IMPX in exergue, linear border; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 245, lot 1561; $900.00 (801.00)

Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Eumeneia, Phrygia

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Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famous general Cnaeus Domitius Corbulo and was taken from her husband and married to Domitian in 70 A.D. In 83 A.D. she was exiled for her affair with the actor Paris. Later Domitian seems to have forgiven her, as ancient sources indicate her as a part of the plot that ended the emperor's life. She died in the reign of Trajan or Antoninus Pius.
RP84551. Bronze AE 15, RPC II 1388 (8 spec.), SNG Newham Davis 315, Lindgren III 588, vA Phrygiens -, BMC Phrygia -, SNGvA -, SNG Cop -, aVF, dark patina, porosity, weight 2.654 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Eumeneia (near Civril, Turkey) mint, 81 - 96 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust right, hair rolled in front and in que behind; reverse KΛ TEPENT YΛΛA APXIE (Kl. Terent. Hylla, αρχιερέας (high priest or priestess), counterclockwise from upper left), Cybele seated left on throne, patera in extended right hand, resting left forearm and hand upon tympanum (drum) at near side; EYME-NEΩN, in fields, starting downward on right, ending downward on left; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 42 (3 Apr 2016), lot 519; ex Dr. P. Vogl collection, ex Bankhaus Aufhuser (sold 30 Dec 1992, with dealer's ticket); rare; $110.00 (97.90)

Philippi, Macedonia, 41 - 68 A.D.

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This coin has traditionally been attributed to Augustus, but due to its copper composition, RPC attributes it as likely from Claudius to Nero; Philippi probably did not issue copper coins during the reign of Augustus.
RP84961. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 1651, Varbanov III 3229, SGICV 32, SNG Cop 305, AMNG III 14, BMC Macedonia 23, VF, dark patina, some light corrosion, weight 5.683 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Philippi mint, 41 - 68 A.D.; obverse Victory standing left on base, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand over left shoulder, VIC - AVG divided across field; reverse COHOR PRAE PHIL, three standards; $140.00 (124.60)

Nero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. In 62 A.D., Nero divorced his wife Octavia to marry Poppaea. According to Tacitus, Poppaea married Otho only to get close to Nero and then, in turn, became Nero's favorite mistress, and then wife. She bore Nero one daughter, Claudia Augusta, born 21 January 63, who died at only four months of age. At the birth of Claudia, Nero honored mother and child with the title of Augusta. According to Suetonius, one day in the summer of 65, Poppaea quarreled fiercely with Nero over his spending too much time at the races. She was pregnant with her second child. In a fit of rage, Nero kicked her in the abdomen, killing her.
RP84927. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 2383 (6 spec.); BMC Lydia p. 302, 65; Weber 6932, SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aVF, dark green patina, a little rough, weight 4.666 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, c. 62 A.D.; obverse NERΩN KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP CEBACTOC, laureate head of Nero right; reverse ΠOΠΠAIAN CEBACTHN ΘYATIPHNOI, draped bust of Poppaea right; rare; $220.00 (195.80)

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Commemorative Struck by Caligula

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The reverse legend indicates the figure depicted is a statue that was dedicated to Augustus by the "general will of the Senate, the equestrian order and the people of Rome."
RB84692. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I Gaius 56; BMCRE I Caligula 88; Hunter I p. 62, 1; Cohen I 87; BnF II Caligula 134; SRCV I 1811, VF, well centered, green patina, slightly rough, weight 14.565 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 41 A.D.; obverse DIVVS AVGVSTVS, radiate head of Augustus left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across lower half of field; reverse CONSENSV SENAT ET EQ ORDIN P Q R (with the will of the Senate, the equestrian order, and the people of Rome), Augustus seated left on curule chair, laureate and togate, laurel branch in extended right hand, globe in left hand at side; $200.00 (178.00)

Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

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One 23 June 79 A.D. Vespasian died from fever and diarrhea. Known for his humor, his last words on his deathbed were, "I think I'm turning into a god." Titus succeeded his father as Roman emperor and issued this coin to commemorate his father's consecration.
RS84669. Silver denarius, RIC II T359b, BnF III T99, BMCRE II T127, RSC II V149 (E - X flanking column), SRCV II 2568 (same), VF, excellent portrait, obverse well centered, tight flan, weight 3.076 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverse DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, laureate head right; reverse shield inscribed S C, hung on the side of a cippus, on which stands urn, E - X above flanking urn, upright laurels branches flanking on left and right; scarce; $165.00 (146.85)

Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.

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Apollo's most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers. It was in the guise of a dolphin that Apollo brought priests from Crete to Delphi, explaining Apollo's cult title "Delphinios" and the name of the town. He dedicated a bronze tripod to the sanctuary and bestowed divine powers on one of the priestesses, and she became known as the "Pythia." It was she who inhaled the hallucinating vapors from the fissure in the temple floor, while she sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it for the supplicant.
RS84671. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 129; RSC II 323; BMCRE II 80; BnF III 69; SRCV 2518, F, well centered, light toning, porous, flan crack, scratches, weight 2.762 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - 30 Jun 80 A.D.; obverse IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head left; reverse TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, tripod lebes, ornamented with fillets, lion paw feet, and loop handles above the bowl, surmounted by Pythia's seat with a dolphin backrest; $110.00 (97.90)

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Colonia Patricia, Hispania Baetica

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Cordova, a city in Andalusia was the first colony planted by the Romans in Spain. Its original name was Corduba. When it was made a Roman colony it was renamed Colonia Patricia, to honor the veterans and worthy men who settled it, to whom honor was due, as to Fathers (Patribus). This type may have been struck for Augustus' visit to the city in 15 - 14 B.C.
RP84536. Bronze quadrans, Villaronga-Benages 3359, RPC I 131, SNG Lorichs 1393, SNG Cop -, gVF, dark green patina, buff earthen deposits, light marks, edge cracks off center, weight 1.879 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Patricia (Cordoba, Spain) mint, 20 - 2 B.C., probably 15 - 14 B.C.; obverse PER CAE AVG, bare head left; reverse COLO PATR, priest's sacrificial implements: patera (bowl) above aspergillum (sprinkler), capis (jug), and lituus (wand); $100.00 (89.00)

Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Tribute Penny of Matthew 22:20-21

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Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was Caesar, He said, ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denarius type is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.
RS84757. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 4, 150; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 48; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763, VF/F, dark toning on obverse, tight flan, reverse struck with a worn die, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.719 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 18 - 35 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; $290.00 (258.10)

Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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Minerva was ancient even to the Romans. She was of Italian or Etruscan origin and directly identified with the Greek Athena. Although a war goddess, she was also the patron of handicrafts and of wisdom. The latter is probably what made her attractive to Claudius who reportedly authored several histories, none of which, unfortunately, have survived.
RB84872. Copper as, SRCV I 1862, RIC I 116, BMCRE I 206, BnF II 233, Cohen I 84, Hunter I -, F, green patina, centered on a tight flan, spots of corrosion, weight 10.134 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 42 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left; reverse Minerva advancing right, helmeted, draped and wearing aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, round shield on left arm, large S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across lower fields; $80.00 (71.20)

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