Aureus with head of Gaius (Caligula)

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 37–38


Mint: Lugdunum

Dimensions

Diameter: 19.5 mm. Weight: 7.86 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number

1973.92

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Caligula, bare headed, right.
C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT
Reverse: Bare head of Germanicus, right.
GERMANICVS CAES P C CAES AVG GERM

Provenance

By date unknown: M. Hyman Montagu Collection; 1896: Rollin & Feuardent auction of Montagu Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 Rue Drouot, Paris, France, April 20, 1896, lot 129; by 1898: Joseph H. Durkee Collection; by 1899: Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection; by 1972: with Sotheby & Co. A.G., 18 Bleicherweg, 8022 Zurich, Switzerland (auction of Metropolitan Museum of Art collection of coins, part 1, Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich, Nov. 10, 1972, lot 31); purchased by MFA at the Sotheby auction through Robert E. Hecht (acting as agent for Fritz Burki); accessioned by MFA, February 14, 1973

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour