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Kingdom of Bosporus, Aspurgus, c. 14 - 37 A.D., In the Name of Tiberius
This coin and coins of Caligula (RPC 1904, “Gaius Caesar Germanicus” 14 examples known to RPC) were both struck with this date, with young portraits, about which RPC notes, “the pieces with the portraits of Tiberius and Caligula were probably made at the end of the reign; the Tiberian pieces are so similar to the Caligulan ones that it seems very likely that both were made within a short space of time.”
Could the young portrait on the obverse be viewed as that of Tiberius Gemellus? The grandson of Tiberius was named joint-heir with Caligula in the will of the emperor.
RP17718. Bronze 12 nummi, RPC I
1903 (14 examples), MacDonald Bosporus
300, F, weight
7.000g, maximum diameter
22.7mm, die axis
, c. 35 - 37 A.D.; obverse
TIBEPIOΣ KAIΣAPOΣ, laureate head
of Aspurgus right, IB before, uncertain monogram
behind; brown tone; SOLD
Catalog current as of Friday, April 19, 2019.
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