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    Superb Tiberius / Drusus Drachm

    Tiberius, with Drusus Caesar (AD 14-37). AR drachm (19mm, 3.76 gm, 12h).  Caesarea, Cappadocia, AD 33-34. TI. CAES. AVG. P.M. TR. P. XXXV, laureate head of Tiberius right / DRVSVS. CAES. TI. AVG. COS. II. TR. P., bare head od Drusus left. RIC 87. SMCRE 173. Sydenham Caesarea 46. Very rare. Well struck, with two exquisite portraits. Attractive toning over underlying mint luster. Choice Extremely Fine.

    Ex S.C. Markoff Collection (Numismatica Ars Classica 62, 6 October 2011), lot 2017; Classical Numismatic Group 72 (14 June 2006), lot 1404. 

    Drusus Julius Caesar was born to Tiberius and his wife Vispania in 13 BC and raised amid the intrigues and power plays of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. His career was accelerated by Augustus, who also arranged for Drusus to marry his niece Livilla, sister of Germanicus and Claudius. After Augustus' death and his father's accession to power in AD 14, Drusus quelled a mutiny among the northern legions and capably performed several other civil and military duties. Tiberius granted him tribunican power in AD 22, making him virtual co-emperor with his father. But Sejanus, Tiberius' powerful and ambitious praetorian prefect, saw Drusus as an obstacle in his own quest for supreme power. Sejanus seduced Livilla and used her to administer a slow-acting poison to her husband, who finally succumbed late in AD 23. The truth of this conspiracy came to light only eight years later, following the downfall and execution of Sejanus. This rare and attractive type, with portraits of considerable sensitivity, bears eloquent witness to the tragedy which overtook the imperial family a decade prior to its issue. Struck at the imperial mint in Caesarea, Cappadocia, the issue posthumously honors the prince who, had he lived, might have spared Rome the horrors of Caligula's reign. 


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