Roman Empire, Tiberius - Geometric Design

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Note that the design of the reverse has been composed using geometric principles – Livia’s sceptre stands at a right angle with the ground, which runs parallel to the line at the base of her chair, and to Livia’s left thigh. The chair legs, in turn, as well as Livia left leg to a lesser extent, again are at right angles to this line running underneath her. This geometric design, and the youthful portrait depicted in fine style on the obverse are typical of earlier issues of this type and its corresponding denarius.

Tiberius AV Aureus. Lugdunum, 14-17 AD. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate bust right / PONTIF MAXIM, Livia (as Pax) seated right, holding branch and sceptre; plain legs to chair. RIC 25; C. 15; BMC 30. 7.78g, 21mm, 4h.


Extremely Fine. Highly attractive portrait.