Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of Augustus in honor of his grandsons Caius and Lucius Caesar, during and after their lifetime, in Lugdunum (Lyon), c. 2 B.C.E. - 4 C.E. The laureate head of Augustus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscription "CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F. PATER PATRIAE" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figures of Caius and Lucius Caesar togate face front, each resting a hand on a round shield with a spear behind, above center on left a lituus right and on right a simpulum left, with the inscriptions "C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT" and "C L CAESARS" in the exergum.
Date range: 2 B.C.E. - 4 C.E.
Remarks: Caius Julius Caesar (20 B.C.E. - 4 C.E.) and Lucius Julius Caesar (17 B.C.E. - 2 C.E.) were the sons of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and Julia the Elder, daughter of Augustus, and adopted by Augustus after Agrippa's death. His heirs apparent, both preceded Augustus in death leaving their younger brother Agrippa Postumus to be adopted along with Tiberius Claudius Nero who then became Tiberius Julius Caesar. Augustus' coins were minted (from 27) in Rome, Emerita, Lugdunum, Ephesus, and possibly Caesaraugusta, Colonia Patricia, and Pergamum.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #1597, pg 317
|Date||2 BCE -4 CE|
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/France/Lyon|