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    Divus Augustus (died AD 14). Orichalcum dupondius (29mm, 15.93 gm, 6h). Rome, struck by Caligula, AD 37-41. Radiate head of the deified Augustus left, dividing S-C / Caligula seated left on curule chair, holding palm branch. RIC (Gaius) 56. BMCRE (Gaius) 88. BN 134. Glossy green patina, with some smoothing in fields. NGC AU 5/5 - 2/5, smoothing.

    This coin belongs to a larger group of issues intended to advertise Caligula, who came to power under somewhat suspicious circumstances, as a legitimate heir of the Divus Augustus. Here the portrait of Augustus wears a radiate crown at once symbolizing his divinity and serving as a double value indicator (i.e. the coin is worth two asses). The reverse type is notable not only for its apparent depiction of the young Caligula, but by the unusual legend referring to the "agreement of the Senate and Equestrian Order and the People of Rome."


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