|Coins - Ancient|
|Realisation Price||2,100.00 USD|
Goldberg Auctioneers / June Pre Long Beach 2018 (#104) - 10/06/2018 / Ancient Coins - Roman Imperial Coinage / Lot 3288
Gaius 'Caligula,' AD 37-41. Silver Denarius (3.31g) EF Rome or Lugdunum, AD 40. C CAESAR AVG GERM PON M TR POT III COS III, laureate head of Caligula right. : DIVVS AVG PATER PATRIAE, radiate head of Divus Augustus right. RIC 24 (R3). BMCRE 25. RSC 7. Very rare. Uniform dark gray patina with some violet iridescence, a few surface defects in reverse fields, otherwise a pleasing piece with two bold portraits. With no political or military feats to boast of, Caligula used his coinage to advertise his blue-blooded origins, this example depicting him paired with his maternal grandfather, the now deified and revered Augustus. This later variety, dated to his third Tribunican year in AD 40, is much rarer than the corresponding denarius type dated to Caligula's first tribunician year (AD 37-8).