Reproduction Aureus of Augustus - Caius and Lucius
Obverse: Laureate head of Augustus right. Text around CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE.
Reverse: Augustus’ grandsons Caius and Lucius Caesar standing facing, each togate and resting hand on shield. Between them two shields with two spears behind, above and between spears a simpulum to the left and lituus to the right. Text around AVGVSTI F COS [DESIG PRINC IVVENT], text in exergue [C] L CAESARES.
History: This Aureus was struck to celebrate Gaius and Lucius Caesars, the sons of Marcus Agrippa, as heirs to the imperial throne. Gaius became Princeps Iuventutis in 5 BC and Lucius in 2 BC. They died in 4 AD and 2 AD respectively, thus promoting Tiberius to heir apparent.
Date: Lugdunum mint, 2 BC - 4 AD