Sestertius of C. Caesar Augustus Germanicus ("Caligula"), Emperor of Rome from Rome Artist: Unknown
Mint: Rome
Ruler: Caligula, Emperor of the Rome, A.D. 12–41, ruled 37–41

A.D. 37


On view, 1st floor, Ancient Art

Gaius Caesar Augustus (ruled 37–41) was called "Caligula" as a boy, for his "little boots" in which he accompanied his father Germanicus on campaign. As emperor he developed new coin types focusing on himself, his father, and his mother, Agrippina I, who was disgraced during the reign of his predecessor, Tiberius. The reverse of this coin focuses on his sisters, Agrippina II, Drusilla, and Julia, who are represented as Securitas, Concordia, and Fortuna, respectively. The obverse illustrates the connection between numismatic portraits, which bear the name of the emperor, and busts in the round, which invariably do not, both of which are on display in the Coins and Medals gallery.




28.1 g, 6:00, 35 mm

Credit Line

Ruth Elizabeth White Fund

Accession Number



1st century A.D.


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT Head of Gaius laur. l.

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: AGRIPPINA / DRVSILLA / IVLIA / S C Securitas, Concordia and Fortuna standing. Securitas stands facing r. leaning on column with cornucopiae in l. arm; Concordia extends patera in r. and holds cornucopiae in l. arm; and Fortuna holds cornucopiae in l. and rudder in r.


Classical Numismatic Group, Lancaster, Pa., January 13–14, 2004, Triton VI, lot 853; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 210, 390, pl. 197
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coins, sestertii

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