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ERIC Table of Contents


Title Page

Introduction

About Roman Coins

Denominations

Coins of Other Ancient Cultures

Identifying Roman Coins

How To Use This Book

Mintmarks

Mint Map

Pricing And Grading

Bibliography

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Coin Terms Used

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Index of Rulers

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Imperial Catalog:

AUGUSTUS
LIVA
AGRIPPA
NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS
GERMANICUS
AGRIPPINA I
TIBERIUS
DRUSUS
ANTONIA
CALIGULA
CLAUDIUS I
BRITANNICUS
AGRIPPINA II
NERO
GALBA
CLODIUS MACER
OTHO
VITELLIUS
VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA
TITUS
DOMITIAN
DOMITIA
JULIA TITI
NERVA
TRAJAN
PLOTINA
MARCIANA
MATIDIA
HADRIAN
SABINA
AELIUS
ANTONINUS PIUS
FAUSTINA I
MARCUS AURELIUS
FAUSTINA II
LUCIUS VERUS
LUCILLA
COMMODUS
CRISPINA
PERTINAX
DIDIUS JULIANUS
MANLIA SCANTILLA
DIDIA CLARA
PESCENNIUS NIGER
CLODIUS ALBINUS
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
JULIA DOMNA
CARACALLA
PLAUTILLA
GETA
MACRINUS
DIADUMENIAN
ELAGABALUS
JULIA MAESA
JULIA SOAEMIAS
JULIA PAULA
AQUILIA SEVERA
ANNIA FAUSTINA
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
JULIA MAMAEA
ORBIANA
MAXIMINUS I
PAULINA
MAXIMUS
GORDIAN I
GORDIAN II
BALBINUS
PUPIENUS
GORDIAN III
TRANQUILLINA
PHILIP I
OTACILIA SEVERA
PHILIP II
PACATIAN
JOTAPIAN
TRAJAN DECIUS
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA
HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS
HOSTILIAN
TREBONIANUS GALLUS
VOLUSIAN
AEMILIAN
CORNELIA SUPERA
SILBANNACUS
URANIUS ANTONINUS
VALERIAN I
MARINIANA
VALERIAN II
GALLIENUS
SALONINA
SALONINUS
REGALIANUS
DRYANTILLA
POSTUMUS
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MARIUS
VICTORINUS
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TETRICUS I
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QUIETUS
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JULIUS NEPOS
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EUDOXIA
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THEODOSIUS II
EUDOCIA
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LEO I
VERINA
LEO II
ZENO
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BASILISCUS
ZENONIS
LEONTIUS I
ANASTASIUS I
ANONYMOUS COINAGE

ERIC The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins
by Rasiel Suarez


Germanicus

b.15 BCE - d.19 CE

The father of Caligula, brother of Tiberius and stepson of Augustus, Germanicus held an enviable imperial pedigree. He was an able and loved general who had the rare Augustan traits of moderation and leadership without excess. Even though Augustus appointed Tiberius emperor he far preferred the qualities of Germanicus and left plans in place to ensure that he stayed in the limelight and perhaps succeed Tiberius. Unfortunately, his popularity grew to such an extent that Tiberius became jealous for he knew that it would take little arm-twisting from the part of Germanicus to mount a coup that would probably end in his deposing. Tiberius's worries would be laid to rest however when Germanicus died suddenly and unexpectedly of a mysterious illness, possibly the effects of poisoning.
 
All the coins for Germanicus were made posthumously. First Caligula seems to have given him a short run of Drachms, coins meant for commerce in the eastern-most provinces. After that he and then Claudius kicked it into high gear and flooded the Roman markets everywhere with a series of Dupondii and Asses. Some decades later Titus, and then Domitian, also honored the beloved ďfounding fatherĒ.
 
Many of these big copper coins are sold by dealers today and, depending mostly on condition, will cost anywhere from a few dollars each for the barely recognizable ones to many hundreds for those rare ones that look as if they were minted a week ago.      

Busts:

1) Bare head left.
2) Bare head right

 
a) Germanicus riding quadriga right, holding scepter

 

Obverses:

 
1) GERMANICVS / CAESAR
2) GERMANICVS C CAESAR AVG
3) GERMANICVS CAES TI AVG F COS II √ M
4) GERMANICVS CAES TI AVGV COS II √ M
5) GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N
6) GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVGVST F DIVI AVG N
7) GERMANICVS CES TI AVGV COS II √ M

 

Reverses:

 
1) ARTAXIAS GERMANICVS
2) C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT
3) C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG PM TR POT III PP
4) C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG PM TR POT IIII PP
5) D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG REST
6) DIVVS AVGVSTVS
7) GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVGVST F DIVI AVG N
8) IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG PM
9) IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG REST
10) IMPERATOR PONT MAX AVG TR PONT
11) SIGNIS RECEPT / DEVICTIS GERM
12) TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM PM TR P IMP PP

 

Types:

 
1) Augustus radiate head left
2) Germanicus standing left, raising hand and holding scepter with eagle atop.
3) Letters SC
4) Letters SC; legend reading TR P PP COS VIII RESTITV inside of outer legend.
5) Letters SC; legend reading TR P PP COS VIII RESTITVIT inside of outer legend.
6) Neptune standing left, holding trident and dolphin
7) Sacrificial implements: simpulum and lituus.

 

Mints:

 
1) Caesarea Cappadociae
2) Roma

 
AR Cistophoric Drachm (Posthumous) Reference(s)

 
1) B2, O2, R10, T7 RIC 63 (I, Caligula)

 
AE Dupondius (Posthumous)
 
2) Ba, O1, R11, T2 RIC 56 (I, Caligula)

 
AE As 
 
3) B1, O6, R02, T3 RIC 35 (I, Caligula)
4) B1, O6, R03, T3 RIC 43 corrected (I, Caligula)
5) B1, O6, R04, T3 RIC 50 (I, Claudius), C 4
6) B1, O6, R09, T3 RIC 228 (II, Titus)
7) B2, O5, R12, T3 RIC 106 (I, Claudius), C 9

 

Germanicus Busts

 


 

Germanicus Types



 
Statue of Germanicus (ca. 40 AD) Joe Geranio
Photo by JCIA Member- Note the Dupondius above SIGNIS RECEPT
 
Portrait of Germanicus- Joe Geranio/ Cris Defeu