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    Tiberius portrait on Caligula AR? Joe Geranio ... for photos go to: http://portraitsofcaligula.com/3/miscellaneous11.htm Tiberius on Caligulan DIVIS AUGVSTVS
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      Tiberius portrait on Caligula AR? Joe Geranio

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      for photos go to: http://portraitsofcaligula.com/3/miscellaneous11.htm

      Tiberius on Caligulan DIVIS AUGVSTVS denarius? Context from CNG

      GAIUS (CALIGULA), with DIVUS AUGUSTUS. 37-41 AD. AR Denarius (3.76
      gm). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck 37-38 AD. C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR
      POT COS, bare head of Gaius (Caligula) right / Radiate head of Divus
      Augustus with Tiberius-like portrait right, six-rayed star on either
      side. RIC I 2; BMCRE 4; BN 3; RSC 11.
      CNGCOINS.COM
      The accession of Gaius (Caligula) to the imperial throne on the death
      of his great-uncle Tiberius signalled a kind of "golden age" in that
      for the first time, not only did a direct biological descendant of
      Augustus become emperor, but one who could also claim a direct link
      with several important Republican figures. Through his mother,
      Agrippina Sr., Gaius was descended from Augustus, and also Agrippa,
      the victor of Actium. Gaius' father Germanaicus was the son of Nero
      Claudius Drusus and nephew of Tiberius, sons of Augustus' widow,
      Livia. Through his mother Antonia, Germanicus was the grandson of
      Mark Antony and Octavia, the sister of Augustus. Accordingly, many of
      his coins recall his dynastic connections to both the Julians and the
      Claudians as well as his own family, and included in their designs
      his mother and his three sisters Like his great-grandfather Augustus
      did with Divus Julius Caesar, Gaius had coins struck which included
      Divus Augustus. While later emissions of this type (see lot 851
      below) leave no doubt, since the legend DIVVS AVG PATER PATRIAE is
      included, this earlier denarius, struck in the opening months of the
      new reign is more ambiguous: it is anepigraphic; the inclusion of
      stars argue for recent divinity (Augustus had been deified 23 years
      earlier), and the features on some of these coins appear like
      portraits of Tiberius. Combined with the historical evidence that
      Gaius had personally given Tiberius' funeral oration and had asked
      the Senate to approach the idea of deification for Tiberius, this
      argues that this coin was struck during the initial days when Gaius
      was testing the idea. The Senate, however, refused to pursue the
      matter further, and the portrait was altered to resemble Augustus
      more closely. Context from CNGCOINS

      Joe Geranio
      portraitsofcaligula.com
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