Obverse: Portrait of the Emperor Crowned with a Laurel Wreath
Reverse: Livia Enthroned as Pax, Holding Olive Branch and Scepter
Tiberius was a tragic figure. He was an outstanding military commander - the best of his age - but he was neither interested in, nor fitted for politics. Yet, as the son of Emperor Augustus, he was doomed to be emperor. He knew Augustus favored others over him and that he was about the eighth choice. It was his mother, Livia, who was determined that Tiberius should succeed. He was unenthusiastic about becoming emperor and ended by loathing his position. Historically, he has a reputation for being over suspicious to the point of paranoia, constantly fearing plots against his life by senators or popular rivals. In the latter part of his reign, Tiberius moved to the island of Capri, out of touch with Rome but still emperor.
How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who might have touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after it leaves our hands. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and location, whether contemporary currencies or artifacts of a long forgotten empires. This stunning hand-struck coin reveals an expertise of craftsmanship and intricate sculptural detail that is often lacking in contemporary machine-made currencies. This coin is more than a commemoration to an individual leader, it is also a glorious memorial to an entire ancient empire passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation. - (C.3006)