E-Auction 40 Aftersale Lot 56

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E-Auction 40 Aftersale Lot 56

Gaius (Caligula). A.D. 37-41. AR fourrée denarius. 1.99 gm. 18 mm. Commemorative issue for Germanicus. Rome mint. A.D. 37-38. Laureate head of Gaius 'Caligula' right; C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT / Bare head of Germanicus right; GERMANICVS CAES P C CAES AVG GERM. Cf. RIC I 18. Cf. RSC 2. Good Very Fine; attractive old toning on glossy silver; bold portraits of fine style and well struck; carefully pierced, with some plating showing inside piercing (perhaps plated after piercing as a next-level attempt by the forger?); underlying base metal visible behind Gaius and beneath Germanicus. The only fourrée of this elusive issue the cataloger can find. Historic, and Extremely Rare.

Portrait denarii of Caligula themselves are generally rare, expensive, and much sought after. Germanicus Julius Caesar, father of Caligula, was a popular general renowned for his campaigns against the Germanic tribes during which he retrieved two legionary eagles, and was regarded as the ideal Roman, the equivalent of Alexander the Great, long after his mysterious death at age 33 in A.D. 19.


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