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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-R0935
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Gaius; Rome
Denomination:  As
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  37-38
Metal:  Copper
Diameter (cm):  2.80
Weight (g):  10.68
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Haines 258. Bought C. T. Seltman 1919.
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Description:  Obverse: bare head of Gaius l. Reverse: Vesta, veiled and draped, seated l. on ornamental throne, holding patera in r. hand and long transverse sceptre in l.

The Pontifex Maximus, now the title of the pope, was the chief priest of ancient Rome. Tribunician power meant that Gaius could call an assembly of the people, sit in the Senate, veto any law, and that his person was sacred and inviolable.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: C•CAESAR•AVG•GERMANICVS•PON•M•TR•POT• (Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Chief Priest, [holder of] Tribunician Power)
Reverse: VESTA / S C (Vesta [goddess of the hearth] / by permission of the Senate)

Bibliography:  RIC I Gaius 30; RIC I(2) Gaius 38

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Haines, Geoffrey Colton
British
1899
1981-09-14
Gaius
Roman
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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