Ancient coin minted by the Roman Emperor Augustus
Silver Denarius issued between 2-13 AD.
CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE. laureate head right
Reverse (not pictured):
AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT C, L CAESARES below
Gaius & Lucius standing front with shields & spears; in field above, a lituus left & simpulum right in "b9" formation.
Gaius & Lucius sons of Marcus Agrippa and Julia the Elder. Agrippa close friend, of Augustus, his top general, and an important Roman statesman, Julia was Augustus' only daughter. They were adopted by Augustus (their grandfather) and while they were alive, were heirs to Augustus. They moved up the ranks of Roman leadership with promising careers in law and the military. Lucius died of an illness at age 19. Gaius died from battle wounds from a battle campaign in Armenia at the age of 24. Issued posthumously in the memory of Augustus' adopted sons.