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    Roman Provincial. C. Asinius Gallus, proconsul of Asia (6-5 BC). Æ 16 mm (3.22 gm) of Ionia, Temnos.
    ACINIΩC ΓAΛΛΩC AΓNOC, bare head of Gallus right / TAMNITAN AΠOΛΛAC ΦAINIOY, laureate head of Apollo right. RPC 2447. Very rare! One of the last non-Imperial portraits struck in the Empire. Green patina. Good very fine.

    Gaius Asinius Gallus was one of the most distinguished Romans of his day and rose to lofty heights before experiencing a precipitous fall. As a close friend of the Emperor Augustus, in 11 BC he married Vipsania, the daughter of Marcus Agrippa, who had previously been married to the emperor's stepson Tiberius. Gallus he served as proconsul of Asia in 6-5 BC and took the unusual step of striking small bronze coins bearing his own portrait, one of the very few times a non-imperial personage appeared on a coin minted anywhere in the Empire. The experiment was not repeated by any future provincial governor, indicating it may have been frowned-upon by the Imperial government. After the death of Augustus in AD 14, Gallus' relations with the new emperor Tiberius started to sour. In AD 20 Vipsania died, and Gallus began courting Germanicus' widow Agrippina, further earning Tiberius' enmity. In AD 30 he was formally accused of sedition and placed in solitary confinement, where he died of starvation three years later. His descendents by Vipsania continued to play an important role in Roman politics for decades thereafter, often meeting unsavory ends.
    From The W.B. and R. E. Montgomery Collection.


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