AE As. 10.37g, 26.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 34-35
REF: RIC 52
OBVERSE: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII, laureate head left.
REVERSE: PONTIF MAX TR POT XXXVI, Rudder superimposed on large banded globe; S-C in fields.
Almost Very Fine. Pleasant 'Tiber patina'. A less common type.
Ex JB Collection, purchaed in Edmonton, Fall 1998
Under his stepfather, Augustus, Tiberius became one of Rome's most capable generals. Despite his military successes and abilities, he was not Augustus's first or even second choice as a successor. He was, as it happened upon Augustus's death, the only one left. When he donned the purple robes of the emperor in AD 14, Tiberius was already a middle-aged man of 54, dour and taciturn. It wasn't long before tragedy and the pressures of rule turned him disillusioned and paranoid.
In 23, Tiberius's son Drusus died, most probably poisoned by the power-hungry Praetorian Prefect, Sejanus. Sejanus was a close friend of Tiberius, and the emperor had grown to greatly rely on him. In 27, Sejanus even persuaded Tiberius to retire to the island of Capri, leaving the governing of the empire entirely in his hands. For a number of years, Sejanus behaved and ruled as de facto emperor of Rome, until he too fell from grace when secret suggestions reached Tiberius in Capri that Sejanus might be planning his overthrow. Tiberius had Sejanus executed without trial in 31, and the purges and numerous treason trials that followed cemented Tiberius's reputation as a paranoid and unstable tyrant. When he died in 37 at the age of 77, he was not mourned by many in Rome.
TIBERIUS . AD 14-37 . AE As . Rudder on Globe . *Pedigreed*
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