Sesterzius of Caligula (37- 41 AD)


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Sestertius of Caius Ceasar Augustus Germanicus, 37-41 AD. Caligula (“soldier’s boots”) was his nickname because he spent much of his childhood in the camps of his father, the general Germanicus Iulius Caesar (15 BC – 19 AD). He ascended the imperial throne at the age of 24.

Obverse head of Caligula to the left, C(aius) CAESAR AUG(gustus) GERMANICUS PON(tifex) M(aximus) TR(ibunicia) P(otestate) IMP(erator) P(ater) P(atriae)

Backside the three sisters of Caligula standing to the front: Agrippina as “Securitas” holds cornucopia in her right hand and leans on column, her left hand rests on Drusilla’s shoulder, who as “Concordia” holds patera and cornucopia; Julia as “Fortuna” holds rudder and cornucopia. S(enatus) C(onsulto)
Brass sestertius, diameter 33 mm, minted in Rome between 37-38 AD

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