TIBERIUS WITH DIVUS AUGUSTUS,14-37 AD. (AV 7.69g 21mm) Lugdunum 14-16 AD. CHOICE EXTREMELY FINE (Calico R.2 RIC R3) Same coin sold TRITON AUCTION 1/14/20 for $33K

Ancient Coins - TIBERIUS WITH DIVUS AUGUSTUS,14-37 AD. (AV 7.69g 21mm) Lugdunum 14-16 AD. CHOICE EXTREMELY FINE   (Calico R.2  RIC R3) Same coin sold TRITON AUCTION 1/14/20 for $33K
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TIBERIUS WITH DIVUS AUGUSTUS, 14-37 AD. (AV 7.69g 21mm)  Lugdunum (Lyon) mint   Struck 14 AD.  
OBV. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, Laureate head of Tiberius right.  
RV. DIVOS AVGVST DIVI F, Laureate head of Divus Augustus right. Six-pointed star above his head.
Calicó 311 (R-2)     RIC I, 24 (R-3)     BMC 29  

       This dynastic issue coin is important and significant since Augustus, at the end of his long 45 year reign, needed to contemplate a successor to the throne, so as to strengthen the imperial principate position. There were many candidates. Augustus' first choice was his nephew Marcellus, who died in the year 23 BC. Augustus' competent general and trusted friend Marcus Agrippa was also a likely successor, but he died in 12 BC.  Augustus adopted the sons of Agrippa in 17 BC.and named them his heirs, Gaius and Lucius, and they both died prematurely, Gaius after being wounded in a campaign in Armenia in 4 AD. and Lucius of an illness in 2 AD.  Ultimately, Augustus considered his stepson Tiberius who was married to his sister Julia to be his heir apparent. This coin with the duel portraits of both Augustus and Tiberius solidified and legitimatized the soon to be Julio-Claudian dynastic rule with Tiberius' ascension to the throne. Even though Tiberius seems to be the last person considered by Augustus to be emperor, he was a man of great intelligence and an excellent general.

        "This aureus testifies to the definitive adoption and the ensuing appointment of Tiberius as Augustus' heir. It is worth mentioning how the minting of this extremely rare issue occurred so shortly before the death of the emperor, about whose demise various leading inferences have been made. We indeed know from sources that Augustus retired to Nola and, suspicious of his entourage, would eat only figs from his gardens. All the same, this cautious diet did not save him from a possible death by poisoning. Some have suggested the involvement of Livia, a powerful and controversial personality who may have been the shadowy orchestrator behind at least some of the inexplicable deaths of many heirs previously appointed by Augustus. The first to succumb to a sudden and questionable disease, in 23 BC, was his nephew Marcellus, son of the emperor's sister Octavia and most loved potential heir. Next in line for succession was now Agrippa, but he also was not to outlive the Emperor, for an untimely albeit natural death took him in 12 BC. Then it was the turn of Agrippa's sons Lucius Caesar, who died of a suspicious illness in Gaul in 2 AD, his brother Gaius having died two years previously of a too fatal wound while at war in the East. Agrippa Postumus, younger brother of Gaius and Lucius, thus became the last male descendant of the Emperor who, if the truth be told, despised him for his intractability and madness, to the point of promoting a "senatus consultu" to have him transferred to an island, in perpetual isolation and surrounded by a body of soldiers (Suet., Augusti Vita, 65). But after Augustus' death the position of Agrippa, next of blood, as legitimate heir – madness notwithstanding – could not be challenged and so he was immediately disposed of by one of his guardians. Tiberius' path to the throne was finally clear." NAC
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