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Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.

Tiberius became Augustus' stepson when the emperor married Livia in 38 B.C. Augustus forced Tiberius to divorce the wife he loved and to marry his daughter Julia. Tiberius hated his new wife and escaped her by going into voluntary exile at Rhodes in 6 B.C. After the deaths of the other possible successors, he was recalled in 2 A.D. and groomed to succeed Augustus, which he did on 19 August 14. The empire thrived under Tiberius; however, his reign was marred by a conspiracy to rule by his Praetorian Praefect Sejanus and by his descent into paranoia near the end of his reign. Tiberius moved to Capri in 26 and ruled from there until his natural death on 16 March 37.

|Tiberius|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.|, |as|
The reverse advertises that Tiberius steers the course of the world! Note the unusual form of the Roman numeral XXXIIX for 38.
RB94476. Copper as, RIC I 64 (S), BMCRE I 135, BnF II 122, Hunter I 49, Cohen I 14 corr., SRCV I 1772, aVF, attractive toned copper surfaces, tight flan, reverse a little off center, weight 11.344 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 36 - 37 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII (Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus, Imperator for the 8th time), laureate head left; reverse PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVN POTEST XXXIIX (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 28 years), vertical rudder in front of large diagonally banded globe, small globe lower left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from an Israeli collection, ex Münzen Zentrum (Germany); scarce; $220.00 SALE |PRICE| $198.00 ON RESERVE


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Restoration Issue Struck under Titus

|Tiberius|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.,| |Restoration| |Issue| |Struck| |under| |Titus|, |as|
Titus followed his father's policy of honoring prior emperors by issuing commemorative coins. He issued coins that resembled original coin types in a contemporary style. In BMCRE Vol II, TITUS-TYPES OF ROME, Mattingly states: "The 'restored' series of Titus served a double purpose; it preserved the memory of famous coins of the early Empire which were becoming obsolete and it emphasized in the public mind the continuity between the Flavian dynasty and its predecessor." Restoration and restitution are employed by modern day authors to describe these issues.
RB94278. Copper as, RIC II-1 Titus 432, BMCRE II Titus 284, SRCV I 2591, Cohen I 72, aVF, centered, dark patina, light highlighting deposits, weight 11.174 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII, bare head left; reverse IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG REST, legend around large S C; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00
 


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

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Commemorative| |Minted| |by| |Tiberius|, |as|
Struck before the standard became a radiate head or bust only for the dupondius.
RB94275. Copper as, RIC I Tiberius 81, BMCRE I Tiberius 146, BnF Tiberius 131, Cohen I 228, Hunter I 5 (Divus), SRCV I 1789, aF, well centered on a tight flan, weight 10.122 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 22 - 30 A.D.; obverse DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, radiate head left; reverse altar with double paneled door, ornaments on top, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking sides, PROVIDENT below; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00 ON RESERVE


Livia, Wife of Augustus and Mother of Tiberius, 22 - 23 A.D.

|Livia|, |Livia,| |Wife| |of| |Augustus| |and| |Mother| |of| |Tiberius,| |22| |-| |23| |A.D.|, |dupondius|
The portrait of this coin has been traditionally described as depicting Livia, based on Cohen's catalog. Even if as early as 1880, A. Colson was proposing that the portrait is actually Livilla, Drusus' wife, it was not in time for Cohen to consider it. The portrait of Pietas alone is paired with the reverse naming Drusus. Livilla was believed to have shown piety over the sickness and death of her husband, Drusus. (Later it would be shown that she had poisoned him).
RB94276. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I T43 (S); BMCRE I T98; BnF II T74; Hunter I T26; Cohen p. 170, 1; SRCV I 1741, F, well centered, marks, porous, mild pitting, weight 12.931 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 22 - 23 A.D.; obverse veiled, draped bust of Livia or Livilla as Pietas right, wearing stephane, PIETAS below; reverse DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVGVSTI F TR POT ITER, legend around large S C (senatus consulto); scarce; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00 ON RESERVE


Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

|Pontius| |Pilate|, |Judaea,| |Pontius| |Pilate,| |Roman| |Prefect| |under| |Tiberius,| |26| |-| |36| |A.D.|, |prutah|
Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD72808. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342 - 1343, SGICV 5623 - 5624, Meshorer TJC 333 - 335, aF, green patina, slightly irregular flan with flat spots where sprues were cut off, weight 1.842 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 135o, Jerusalem mint, 29 - 31 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse uncertain year in wreath; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 







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OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

CIVITATIBVSASIAERESTITVTIS
TICAESARAVGFTRPOTXV (TIBERIUS AND AUGUSTUS)
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTIMPVII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTIMPVIII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTVS
TICAESARAVGVSTIFIMPERATOR
TICAESARAVGVSTIFIMPERATORV
TICAESARAVGVSTFIMPERATVII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTVS
TIDIVIFAVGVSTVS


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