Augustus

Nero Claudius Drusus 38 – 9 B.C

Drusus was an able and widely admired general and privately favored by Augustus as his successor. However, he died from an accident leaving his brother Tiberius as the most eligible candidate. He was also the father of the future emperor Claudius.   AU Aureus (Posthumous) RIC 71 (Claudius), BMC 100 (Claudius), Vagi 487, C 3 Aureus Obv: NEROCLAVDIVSDRVSVSGERMANICVSIMP - Laureate head left. Rev: No legend - Triumphal arch reading DE GERMANIS; statue of Claudius riding horse left and two trophies above. 41-45 (Rome). $5,771 12/5/02. AR Denarius (Posthumous) RIC 70 (Claudius),...

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Augustus 27 B.C. – 14 A.D.

Originally called Octavian, his name is today known simply as Augustus which was the title given him by the Senate in the year 27 B.C. He was the grandnephew of Julius Caesar and was following an illustrious military career when Caesar was murdered. On hearing of this he set in motion a series of alliances meant to avenge his great-uncle's assassins. He recruited Lepidus and Marc Antony for the task, defeated Brutus and his co-conspirators and then carved up the Roman world among the three. Lepidus was thus left in control of the African provinces, Marc Antony with Egypt and the eastern provinces...

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Antonia 36 B.C. – 37 A.D.

Daughter of Augustus and mother of Claudius. AU Aureus (Posthumous) RIC 65 (Claudius), BMC 109 (Claudius), Vagi 499, C 1 Aureus Obv: ANTONIAAVGVSTA - Draped bust right, wearing crown of grain ears. Rev: CONSTANTIAEAVGVSTI - Constantia standing, facing, holding torch and cornucopia. c.41-45 (Rome).   RIC 67 (Claudius), BMC 112 (Claudius), Vagi 500, C 4 Aureus Obv: ANTONIAAVGVSTA - Draped bust right, wearing crown of grain ears. Rev: SACERDOSDIVIAVGVSTI - Two lit torches with garland draped across. c.41-45 (Rome). $8,148 12/5/02.   AR Denarius (Posthumous) RIC...

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Agrippa 63 – 12 B.C.

Lifelong friend of Augustus, Agrippa was also his most able and trustworthy general. In return for his friendship Augustus had him marry his only daughter, Julia, to him with the intention of promoting him to the top post upon Augustus's own death. Augustus, however, would witness his death shortly afterwards and go on to survive him another 25 years! AE As (Posthumous) RIC 58 (Caligula), BMC 161 (Tiberius), BN 77, C 3 As Obv: MAGRIPPALFCOSIII - Head left, wearing rostral crown. Rev: No legend - Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident; S C across fields. 37-41 (Rome). $410 1/13/03.   RIC...

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