PRE-PRINCIPATE PORTRAIT OF CALIGULA SPAIN, Carthago Nova. Tiberius, with Gaius (Caligula) as Caesar. AD 14-37. Æ As (29mm, 11.71 g, 3h). Struck AD 33-37. Laureate head of Tiberius left / Bare head of Gaius left. RPC 182; SNG Copenhagen 502.
SPAIN, Carthago Nova. Tiberius, with Gaius (Caligula) as Caesar. AD 14-37. Æ As (29mm, 11.71 g, 3h). Struck AD 33-37. Laureate head of Tiberius left / Bare head of Gaius left. RPC 182; SNG Copenhagen 502. old archives-cngcoins.com -Joe Geranio edit delete
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
This portrait of Caligula is the only accepted portrait of Caligula prior to becoming princeps (emperor). This portrait is actually VF compared to most specimens I have seen.
For problems with the dating of Tiberian Coinage see RPC and A. Banti and L. Simonetti, Corpus Nummorum Romanorum (XIII Florence: 1977 pp. 141-50 deal with dating to 34 A.D. (PolliniJWAG, note 28 for more explanation. Also: "Aspects of the Principate of Tiberius", Historical comments on the Colonial coinage issued outside Spain, Michael Grant- The American Numismatic Society - Numismatic Notes and Monographs(1950) There are some issues with inscriptions and dating in Banti Simonetti.
Regarding Pre-Principate Statue Bases with Inscriptions
I find it interesting that there are no pre-principate portraits of
Caligula accepted by scholars, but 1/5 of his statue bases that are
extant are prior to his accession?
SEE: Boschung (1989) 62-70 for
previous attempts of Identifying a pre-principate portrait of
See Jakob Munk Hotje: Roman Imperial Statue Bases from Augustus to Commodus, Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity 7 (Århus 2005).
See: D. Boschung, Die Bildnisse des Caligula (1989) Gerbruder Mann
Pollini, "A Pre-Principate Portrait of Gaius Caligula?" JWAG (1982) Page. 10 for photo of this coin. numismatics.org/collection/1944.100.66820
See Also: Geranio, Joe- Portraits of Caligula: The Seated Figure? donum.numismatics.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblion...
or Geranio, Joe- Portraits of Caligula: The Seated Figure? Vol. XX, No. 1 (1997) SAN Journal, Society for Ancient Numismatics