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Drusus, son of Tiberius, born 13 B.C., died 14 September 23 A.D.

Drusus (also called Drusus Junior or Drusus the Younger), the only son of Tiberius, became heir to the throne after the death of Germanicus. Drusus' wife Livilla was seduced by the praetorian prefect Sejanus and she poisoned Drusus to support Sejanus' plot to become emperor. Dying before Tiberius, Drusus never obtained the throne. Sejanus' plot was discovered in 31 B.C. and he and Livilla were executed.


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Drusus, the only son of Tiberius, never obtained the throne. Drusus' wife Livilla was seduced by the praetorian prefect Sejanus. She poisoned Drusus to support Sejanus' plot to become emperor. Years later the plot was discovered and Sejanus and Livilla were executed.
RB91000. Copper as, RIC I Tiberius 45, BMCRE I Tiberius 99, BnF II Tiberius 78, Cohen I 2, SRCV I 1794, aVF, attractive portrait, corrosion, rough and ragged flan, weight 9.204 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 23 A.D.; obverse DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N, bare head left; reverse PONTIF TRIBVN POTEST ITER (priest, holder of Tribunitian power for two years), legend around S C; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00
 


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

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The countermark NCAPR was applied to numerous orichalcum coins of the reigns of Tiberius and Claudius. NCAPR is most often explained as "Nero Caesar Augustus Populo Romano." Others believe NCAPR abbreviates "Nummus Caesare Augusto Probatus" or "Nero Caesar Augustus Probavit" (probavit means approved). Excavations of the Meta Sudans and the northeastern slope of the Palatine Hill in Rome indicate that this countermark was applied for Nero's congiarium (distribution to the people) in 57 A.D., which supports the Populo Romano interpretation. Varieties of this relatively common countermark are identified by some authors as applied in either Italy, Spain or Gaul. The countermark is not found on coins bearing the name or portrait of Caligula. Clearly any coins of Caligula that were still in circulation and collected for application of the countermark were picked out and melted down, in accordance with his damnatio, rather than being countermarked and returned to circulation. A NCAPR countermark has, however, been found on a Vespasian dupondius which, if genuine and official, seems to indicate the N may refer to Nerva, not Nero.
RB88864. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I T43 (S); BMCRE I T98; BnF II T74; Hunter I T26; Cohen p. 170, 1; SRCV I 1741; countermark: Pangerl 60a, Werz 138, aF, well centered, bumps, scratches, porosity, corrosion, weight 12.614 g, maximum diameter 28.3 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), countermark: NCAPR in a rectangular punch; scarce; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00
 


Tiberius and Drusus, Caesarea, 33 - 34 A.D.

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RP21691. Silver drachm, RPC I 3622, F, weight 3.253 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 33 - 34 A.D.; obverse TI CAES AVG P M TR P XXXV, laureate head of Tiberius right; reverse DRVSVS CAES TI AVG COS II TR P, bare head of Drusus left; rare; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

DRVSVSCAESARTIAVGFDIVIAVGN
DRVSVSCAESTIAVGFCOSIITRP
DRVSVSCAESTIAVGFCOSIITRPIT
DRVSVSCAESTIAVGCOSIITRP
DRVSVSCAESTIAVGCOSIIRPOT
TICAESAVGPMTRPXXX


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