CALIGULA SILVER DENARIUS – FIRST ISSUE OF LUGDUNUM WITH PORTRAIT OF DIVUS AUGUSTUS EX SALTON COLLECTION – VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN OF THE 12 CAESARS (Inv. 18292)
ROMAN EMPIRE. GAIUS (CALIGULA), AD 37-41.
Silver denarius, 3.78 g, 19 mm. Issue of Lugdunum (Lyon), AD 37.
Obv. C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT COS, laureate head of Caligula right. Rev. Radiate head of Augustus right, stars on either side.
RIC I rev, 2.
Ex Salton Collection, likely acquired in the 1950s-1960s when Mr. Salton owned a numismatic firm in New York.
NGC graded VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “brushed”. This is part of the very first issue from Caligula’s reign struck at the mint of Lugdunum. The reverse type honors Augustus, presenting him as deified, flanked by two stars, recalling the astral iconography of the comet associated with the imagery of the deified Julius Caesar.
Published: Vilmar Fixed Price List IV, no. 110.