AE As. 11.16g, 28.3mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 37-38
REF: RIC 38
OBVERSE: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left.
REVERSE: VESTA, Vesta, veiled and draped, seated left on throne with ornamented back and legs, holding patera in right hand and long transverse sceptre in left, S C in fields.
From an old Swiss collection
Choice Very Fine. Dark reddish-brown patina with some green. Well-centered and very attractive example of this highly desirable issue.
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 . Vesta . Most Infamous of Roman Emperors
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