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    Germanicus (died AD 19). Orichalcum dupondius (15.31 gm). Rome, struck by Caligula, AD 37-41. GERMANICVS CAESAR, Germanicus standing in car of ornamented triumphal quadriga right, holding eagle-tipped scepter / SIGNIS RECEPT DEVICTIS GERM S-C, Gemanicus in military attire standing left, raising right hand and holding legionary eagle in left. RIC Gaius 57. BMCRE Gaius 93. A splendid example, absent the usual smoothing and/or tooling. Beautiful natural olive green patina. Extremely fine.

    Germanicus Julius Caesar was the son of the great general Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia, the niece of Augustus. A riding accident claimed his father when Germanicus was six, and he was raised in the household of Augustus, along with the emperor's grandchildren of similar age. As he grew up, his natural soldierly skill and charisma quickly won the affection of the armies. He married Augustus' granddaughter Agrippina the Elder; the match was based as much on love as politics and produced nine children, including the future emperor Gaius Caligula. He spent the years AD 14-16 in the field, leading a spectacular punitive expedition against German tribes. Tiberius called Germanicus back to to Rome, where he staged a magnificent triumph in AD 17. This dupondius, struck by his son Gaius Caligula, shows Germanicus as a triumphant general. His mysterious death in AD 19 while on a diplomatic mission plunged all Rome into extravagant grief. His revered memory led the populace and Senate to unquestioningly accept the rule of his son in AD 37. However, any hopes that Caligula would prove as brilliant a statesman as his father were quickly dashed.

    From The W.B. and R. E. Montgomery Collection.


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