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    Sculptural Portrait

    Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus (20mm, 7.75 gm, 2h). Lugdunum, ca. AD 18-35. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Tiberius right / PONTIF MAXIM, Livia, as Pax, seated right, holding scepter and olive branch; chair with ornate legs, feet on footstool, single line below. RIC 29. Calicó 305a. Nicely centered and struck in sculptural high relief, with full mint luster. NGC MS ★ 5/5 - 4/5.

    As the stepchild of Caesar Augustus, Tiberius had a difficult act to follow and, for the first few years of his reign, did a commendable job running the vast empire bequeathed to his care. Cautious and frugal, he engaged in no wars of conquest and kept the Empire's finances in good order. However he soon tired of the endless toil and began handing off duties to his unscrupulous second-fiddles, namely the Praetorian Prefect Sejanus and his eventual replacement, Macro. The resulting bloodbath among members of his own family and their Senatorial supporters tarnished his name throughout history. His cautious nature is reflected in his coinage; unlike the proliferation of types employed by Augustus, Tiberius kept the same simple design for both  silver denarii and gold aurei for almost the entirety of his reign. 


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