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1800152
180, Lot: 152. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1325. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Drusus. Caesar, AD 19-23. Æ Sestertius (35mm, 27.37 g). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, 22-23 AD. Confronted heads of Drusus' children on crossed cornuacopiae; caduceus between / Legend around large SC. RIC I 42 (Tiberius); BMCRE 95 (Tiberius); Cohen 1 (Drusus). VF, dark brown and green patina, some scattered roughness, fields smoothed.


From the J.S. Wagner Collection.

This issue, commemorating the birth of twin sons to Drusus, the son of the second emperor Tiberius, and his wife Livilla, was part of the series issued in AD 22 to promote the dynastic solidity of Tiberius’ family. One of the twins died in infancy, but the other, Tiberius Gemellus (meaning "twin") was named an heir along with his cousin Gaius (Caligula). Within a year of Caligula’s accession, however, the new emperor had Tiberius Gemellus murdered.