A Distinguished Collection of Roman Bronze Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (15 February 2017)

Date of Auction: 15th February 2017

Sold for £360

Estimate: £100 - £150

Roman Imperial Coinage, Germanicus, As, restitution issue under Gaius (Caligula), Rome, c. 37-8, bust left, germanicvs caesar ti avgvst f divi avg n, rev. c caesar avg germanicvs pon m tr pot, s c in field, 10.66g (RIC Gaius 34; C 1; Sear 1821). Very fine, green patina


Provenance: E.A. Sydenham Collection, Glendining Auction, 10 December 1941, lot 22 (part).

Born in 15 BC, Germanicus was the son of Nero Claudius Drusus and nephew of the emperor Tiberius. The latter adopted him as his son and heir, c. 4 AD. After several brilliant military campaigns, he died in Antioch in 19 from a mystery illness. Some theories implicate Tiberius himself in his nephew’s death. Tacitus, for one, believed he was jealous of the younger man’s growing success and popularity and fearful of his military prowess