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SH16501. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 48, Cohen I 1, gem aVF, beautiful chocolate patina with contrasting features, fine style, weight 27.633 g, maximum diameter 37.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 40 - 41 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P, laureate head left; reverse ADLOCVT COH, Caligula standing left on platform addressing praetorian soldiers; scarce late issue; SOLD
Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.
Vesta was originally a household spirit. Later she was personified as the goddess of the hearth and given the stature of her Greek equivalent, Hestia. In the temple of Vesta, her sacred flame was kept alive by Vestal Virgins. In 394, by order of the Christian emperor Theodosius I in his campaign to eliminate pagan practices in Rome, the fire of Vesta was extinguished.SH27763. Copper as, RIC I 54, BMCRE I 72, Cohen I 29, Hunter I 34, SRCV I -, Choice aEF, fantastic detail and very attractive, weight 11.853 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 40 - 41 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P, bare head left; reverse VESTA, Vesta enthroned left, patera extended in right, long scepter transverse in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; much less common than the usual RIC 38 issue; SOLD
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
The Altar of Lugdunum and the Sanctuary of the Three Gauls were dedicated by Augustus on 1 August 10 B.C., the very same day Drusus' son, the future emperor Claudius, was born in Lugdunum. All the notable men of Gaul were invited. Caius Julius Vercondaridubnus, a member of the Aedui tribe, was the first priest of the new imperial cult. The altar, which was engraved with the names of 60 Gallic tribes, was featured prominently on coins from the Lugdunum mint for many years.SH32173. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV I 1657, RIC I 231a, Lyon 95, BMCRE I 565, Cohen I 236, nice F, weight 24.618 g, maximum diameter 36.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 10 - 14 A.D.; obverse [CAESAR AV]GVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right; reverse ROM ET AVG, front elevation of the Altar of Lugdunum, decorated with the corona civica between laurels, these being flanked by nude male figures, Victories on columns, facing one another; ex CNG 5/08 lot 1699; SOLD