AUGUSTUS, 27 BC.-14 AD. (Aureus AV 7.85g 20mm) Lugdunum Mint (NGC Ch VF 5/5-3/5) Great strike, perfect centering, full legend, some tiny marks.

Ancient Coins - AUGUSTUS, 27 BC.-14 AD. (Aureus AV 7.85g  20mm) Lugdunum Mint  (NGC Ch VF 5/5-3/5) Great strike, perfect centering, full legend, some tiny marks.
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AUGUSTUS, 27 BC - 14 AD. (AV Aureus 7.85g 20mm) Lugdunum Mint   Struck 2 BC.-14 AD.
RV. AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Gaius and Lucius Caesares standing front, each resting on shield and behind each shield, a spear. Above on right lituus and on left a simpulum. In exergue C L CAESARES                        Calicò 176a  
     This type was struck to celebrate Gaius and Lucius Caesars, the sons of Marcus Agrippa, as heirs to the imperial throne. Gaius became Princeps Iuventutis in 5 BC and Lucius in 2 BC. Their deaths in 4 AD. and 2 AD., respectively, led to the eventual promotion of Tiberius as heir apparent.
AVGVSTVS had a 45 year reign, was the genius who built the Roman Empire & promoted public entertainment. Official letters to someone of higher rank in the Roman Empire; S.V.B.E.V. "Si vales bene ego valeo." "If you are in good health, I am well too."                   The birth of Jesus was during Augustus's reign. Luke 2: 1-7 
       "The very beauty & organization of the world, said Cicero, was enough to demonstrate that some intelligence was in charge of it, just as the beauty of a sundial or a water clock displayed the skill of the craftsman. The very greatness of Rome was proof that the gods had poured out their favor on her. How could this order be fortuitous?"            "The Romans had only the vaguest notions of a life after death, and barely considered it when thinking about their end. But they had a great fear of being forgotten by the living. The humblest citizen had his tombstone, while the richest ones built elaborate tombs, some of which still stand along the Appian Way to remind the passer-by of the dead. Denied all other forms of association, the lower orders of society began to form funerary clubs. Someone would leave money in his will to endow a banquet that should be held annually to commemorate his death. It was attended by his relatives and friends, who drank to his memory. From this simple rite, the clubs expanded to a series of meetings. Excuses could be found, and none better than the commemoration of the dead and the Emperor's birthday, accession day, or marriage. As the clubs developed, they no longer depended on the dead man's bounty. Regular subscriptions were levied, funds were raised and disbursed in charitable works, sometimes to the dead man's children when they stood in need. In this gloomy manner, the lower classes of the Roman Empire satisfied that need of combining with one's fellows that the Imperial system otherwise forbade. As I shall show, this humble custom, transferred to another faith, shook the Empire to its foundations."       ROME FOR OURSELVES by Aubrey Menen 1960
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