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    Broad Flan, Full Legends

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (21mm, 7.81 gm, 6h).  Lugdunum, ca. 2 BC-AD 4. CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head of Augustus right / AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Gaius and Lucius Caesars, both togate, standing facing and resting hands on shield; behind each, shield and spear; above, simpulum and lituus; in exergue, CL CAESARES. RIC 206. Calic├│ 176. Well struck on an exceptionally broad flan, with full legends. NGC XF 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Lexington Collection.

    After the death of his favorite nephew Marcellus. Augustus turned his hopes for the succession to the young Gaius and Lucius Caesars, his grandsons via his daughter Julia and his close friend Marcus Agrippa. Gaius was born in 20 BC and Lucius three years later. Augustus formally adopted them both and gave them an accelerated progress up the cursus honorum, or ladder of public offices. There are hints that being showered with honors and adulation may have gone to their heads, but history will never know whether their reigns would have been superior to what did come after Augustus, for they both suffered untimely ends. Lucius fell ill during a state visit to Gaul and died in Massalia in AD 2. Two years later, Gaius suffered a wound during a skirmish with the Parthians on the eastern frontier and died in Lycia.


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