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Caius and Lucius Caesars

Caius Caesar, born in 20 B.C. and Lucius Caesar, born in 17 B.C., were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, and the grandsons of Augustus. Augustus adopted them and designated them as his successors. As boy's, they were declared consul elect, princeps juventutis, honored with priesthoods, and admitted to the senate. In 1 A.D. Caius was consul and was sent to Armenia, where he showed talent for both civil government and military enterprise. In 2 A.D., rather than invade, Gaius met with King Phraates V and concluded peace with the Parthians, who recognized Roman claims to Armenia. The brothers seemed destined for greatness. But Lucius, the younger of the two, died suddenly at Marseilles on 20 August 2 A.D. And, on his return from Armenia, Caius was treacherously wounded by a local Roman magistrate, fell into a lingering illness, and on 21 February 4 A.D., at the early age of 24, died at Limyra in Lycia. Augustus' wife, their step-mother, Livia, was rumored to have arranged both of their deaths to advance her son Tiberius, who was later adopted as Augustus' son and heir.


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

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.|, |aureus|
In 8 B.C., Augustus selected Gaius Caesar, one of his grandsons, as his successor.
SH63911. Gold aureus, RIC I 198, Lyon 68, Calicó 174a 174, BMCRE I 498; BnF I 1457, Cohen I 39 (50 Fr.)., VF, ex jewelry, edge filed to make round for jewelry, weight 7.159 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 8 - 7 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, laureate head right; reverse C CAES AVGVST, Caius Caesar galloping on horseback right, wearing bulla around neck, sword in right, shield in left, aquila between two signa in background to left; very rare; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
Struck around the time of Jesus' birth. This type is considered a possible "Tribute Penny" because it is a denarius that circulated in the lifetime of Christ and the image and inscription are of "Caesar."

The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively. Gaius, the elder of the two brothers has his shield placed in front of that of his younger brother and the ladle above him marking him as Pontifex. Lucius has lituus above marking him as augur. Gaius should have the more prestigious position on the left but this variety has him on the right.
SH16744. Silver denarius, RIC I 210 (S), RSC I 43c, BMCRE I 540, BnF I 1659 ff., SRCV I 1597, aMS, extraordinary mirror luster, superb sharp portrait, weight 3.828 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars togate stand facing, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, above center on left a lituus right and on right a simpulum left; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
Struck around the time of Jesus' birth. This type is considered a possible "Tribute Penny" because it is a denarius that circulated in the lifetime of Christ and the image and inscription are of "Caesar."

The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively.
SH32690. Silver denarius, RIC I 207, RSC I 43, BMCRE I 533, BnF I 1651, Hunter I 217, SRCV I 1597, nice gVF, mint luster, light toning, weight 3.901 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars stand facing, togate, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, above center on left a simpulum right and on right a lituus left; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
Struck around the time of Jesus' birth. This type is considered a possible "Tribute Penny" because it is a denarius that circulated in the lifetime of Christ and the image and inscription are of "Caesar."

The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively.
SH90227. Silver denarius, RIC I 207, RSC I 43, BMCRE I 533, BnF I 1651, Hunter I 217, SRCV I 1597, EF, mint luster, weight 3.904 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars stand facing, togate, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, above center on left a simpulum right and on right a lituus left; ex Heritage CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction 3032, lot 23881; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
Struck around the time of Jesus' birth. This type is considered a possible "Tribute Penny" because it is a denarius that circulated in the lifetime of Christ and the image and inscription are of "Caesar."

The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively. Gaius, the elder of the two brothers has his shield placed in front of that of his younger brother and the ladle above him marking him as Pontifex. Lucius has lituus above marking him as augur. Gaius should have the more prestigious position on the left but this variety has him on the right.
SH16742. Silver denarius, RIC I 210 (S), RSC I 43c, BMCRE I 540, BnF I 1659 ff., SRCV I 1597, EF, weight 3.920 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 90o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars togate stand facing, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, above center on left a lituus right and on right a simpulum left; extraordinary mirror luster, excellent portrait, tight flan cuts off legends; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
Struck around the time of Jesus' birth. This type is considered a possible "Tribute Penny" because it is a denarius that circulated in the lifetime of Christ and the image and inscription are of "Caesar."

The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively.
SH91785. Silver denarius, RIC I 207, RSC I 43, BMCRE I 533, BnF I 1651, Hunter I 217, SRCV I 1597, EF, lustrous, light toning, flow lines, some die wear, areas with light porosity, weight 3.731 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars stand facing, togate, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, above center on left a simpulum right and on right a lituus left; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively. Gaius, the elder of the two brothers has his shield placed in front of that of his younger brother and the ladle above him marking him as Pontifex. Lucius has lituus above marking him as augur. Gaius should have the more prestigious position on the left but this variety has him on the right.
SL93567. Silver denarius, RIC I 212 (R), RSC I 43d, BMCRE I 538, BnF I 1665, Giard Lyon 86, SRCV I 1597, NGC XF, strike 3/5, 4/5 (4682654-002), weight 3.66 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 5 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars togate stand facing, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, X in center, above center on left a lituus right and on right a simpulum left; rare; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively. Gaius, the elder of the two brothers has his shield placed in front of that of his younger brother and the ladle above him marking him as Pontifex. Lucius has lituus above marking him as augur. Gaius should have the more prestigious position on the left but this variety has him on the right.
SH74024. Silver denarius, RIC I 212 (R), RSC I 43d, BMCRE I 538, BnF I 1665, Giard Lyon 86, SRCV I 1597, gVF, excellent portrait, toned, a few tiny marks on obverse, reverse die a little worn as typical, weight 3.692 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 315o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 5 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars togate stand facing, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, X in center, above center on left a lituus right and on right a simpulum left; ex CNG e-auction 343, lot 438; ex Colin Kirk Collection; rare; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
This type is identified as a possible type for the Tribute Penny.

The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively.
SH26036. Silver denarius, RIC I 207, RSC I 43, BMCRE I 533, BnF I 1651, Hunter I 217, SRCV I 1597, gVF, weight 3.844 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 225o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Caius and Lucius Caesars stand facing, togate, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, above center on left a simpulum right and on right a lituus left; nice obverse centering, ex CNG; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius and Lucius Reverse

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Reverse|, |denarius|
The X on the reverse above the shields is only present on a very small percentage of the coins of this type. The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him.
RS74864. Silver denarius, RIC I 211 (S), RSC I 43a, BMCRE I 537, BnF I 1652 ff., SRCV I 1597, VF, toned, tight flan, reverse slightly off-center, weight 3.666 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 90o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2 B.C. - 5 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Gaius and Lucius Caesars togate stand facing, each resting hand on a round shield with spear behind, X in center, above center on left a simpulum right and on right a lituus left; scarce; SOLD




  




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