AE As. 10.86g, 27.9mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 40-41
REF: RIC 54
OBVERSE: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P, bare head left.
REVERSE: VESTA, Vesta seated left, holding patera and sceptre; S C across field.
Ex Collection of a Texas Wine Doctor; ex CNG XXXI (9 September 1994), lot 895
Dark green-brown patina with some scattered deposits and light roughness.
A scarcer variety of this highly desirable issue, with the "DIVI AVG PRON" legend advertising the fact that Caligula was the grandson of Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire.
Caligula's short reign of less than four years was enough to cement his place in history as one of Rome's most notorious emperors. As the son of the revered general Germanicus, Caligula was beloved by the public at the time of his accession to the throne at the age of 24. He was however, soon to prove himself a depraved, hated and mentally unstable tyrant. Amongst the many acts of infamy attributed to him, Caligula is said to have squandered away the 2.7 billion sesterces he found in the state treasury, planned to have his horse, Incitatus, named a consul, turned the palace into a brothel, and paraded in public dressed up as a god (and sometimes even as a goddess). In 41, spurred into action by Caligula's increasing unpredictability and bizarre whims, several officers of the Praetorian Guard stabbed the emperor to death.
CALIGULA . AD 37-41 . AE As . Most Infamous of Roman Emperors *Pedigreed*
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