Palau – 2010 – 1 Dollar – The Coins of the Roman Empire TIBERIUS (BU)
Metal: Gold .9999
Weight: 0.5 g
Diameter: 11.8 mm
Mintage: 15’000 pcs.
It is a childhood dream: Holding our fathers hand we stumble through the Roman Forum and then suddenly fi nd a real ancient Roman coin. Exactly these dreams arouse the fascination for collecting in general and in particular the Roman numismatics. Silver coins which originate from the Roman period are offered in coin trade exhibitions in great numbers and at very diverse price ranges. The Roman gold coins are however very scarce and are mostly found in museums and private collections. A new series, now also for a bigger clientele, presents several of the most famous motifs in Roman history.
5. The first Roman Didrachme shows the Lupa Romana along with the inscription ROMANO; minted about 269 BC. According to the Roman mythology Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus in the year 751 BC. The twins were exposed in the river Tiber in a wicker basket. Their crying attracted a she-wolf who took both children to her cave and nursed them. Later shepherds found them and brought them up. In remembrance to Rome?s foundation, coins with the wolf motive were also minted in the later Roman Imperial Age.
6. An Aureus with the image of Emperor Claudius and the inscription TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG PM TRP IIII (Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunicia Potestate IIII); minted 44/45.
Emperor Claudius reigned in 41-54 AD. Britannia was conquered under his regency, whereupon the senate granted him the honorary title ?Britannicus?. The Empire underwent its biggest expansion during Claudius? regency: from the Atlantic to the Black Sea and from Africa until well into today?s Turkey.
7. An Aureus with the image of Emperor Tiberius along with the inscription TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGUSTVS (Tiberius Caesar Augustus, son of the godly Augustus). Emperor Tiberius, who reigned 14-37 AD, succeeded to stabilise the Empire and improve the fi nances. He ended the conquest attempts of the Germanic territory and reinforced borders. He consolidated his political power by systematically eliminating his rivals. During his regency, around the year 30, Jesus Christ was beaten to the cross.
8. An Aureus with the image of Emperor Caligula. The circumscription on the coin says C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT. (Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Pontifex Maximus, appointed the Tribunes authority). Under the nickname ?little soldier?s boot? the Emperor went down in history only after his death. His Emperors name during his lifetime was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. He reigned from 37-41 AD and built up his power based on the Praetorian Guard. Traditional are his arranged bloody gladiator fights and chariot races. After only four years he became a victim of a senate?s complot.