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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 834. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $1835. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Tiberius & Germanicus Gemellus. AD 19-37/8 and 19-23/4, respectively. Æ Sestertius (27.83 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23. Crossed cornucopia, each surmounted by the bust of a boy, vis-à-vis; winged caduceus between / Legend around large S C. RIC I 42 (Tiberius). VF, natural brown surfaces, areas of roughness, old scratch on obverse.

This issue, commemorating the birth of twin sons to Drusus Caesar and his wife Livia Drusilla (Livilla), was part of the series issued in 22 AD to promote the imperial virtue and dynastic solidity of the second emperor's family. Tiberius Gemellus (meaning "twin") was made principal heir with his cousin Gaius (Caligula) upon the death of Tiberius. Within the year, however, Caligula had his cousin murdered.