Emperor Augustus, AE18 Phrygia. Apameia, Gaius Caesar c20 BC-AD 4

Denomination: AE20, copper alloy/bronze 

Period: Roman provincial, time of Augustus

Date: c20BC-AD4

Origin: Phrygia, Apameia

Condition: Almost very fine

Obverse: laureate head of Augustus, right, SEBASTOS in Greek lettering as legend to left

Reverse: Gaius Caesar by quadriga (four-horsed chariot) holding sceptre and being crowned by small Nike, legend below GAIOS KAISAR, GAIOS MASONIOS POYPHOS APAMEON in Greek

Size and Weight: 18mm, 4.42g

References: BMC139, RPC1 3129

Features and Provenance: Augustus (Octavian) was the founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire. He is arguably one of the best emperors and ruled from 27BC to AD14. He married three times but only had one child, a daughter, who could not replace him on the throne after his death. He therefore adopted his grandsons, Gaius and Lucius. Sadly, neither of them survived to become emperor and the job was left to his stepson Tiberius. Gaius Caesar is shown on the reverse of our coin, he was groomed from a young age to wear the purple and was a proficient soldier, but he was badly wounded during a campaign and eventually died from an illness, probably in part due to his wounds, he was aged just 23.  


Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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