Nero and Drusus Caesar

37 A.D.-41A.D.

 

Nero and Drusus Caesars were the elder brothers of Caligula, sons of Germanicus and Great-Grandsons of Augustus, Livia, Octavia and Marc Antony. Nero Caesar was born in AD 6 and his brother Drusus Caesar in AD 8. Both brothers enjoyed favorable public lives early on; however, the death of Tiberius' son Drusus made them threats to Tiberius' dynastic intentions. These concerns were seized upon by Tiberius' prefect Sejanus who pitted brother against brother. Drusus Caesar, realizing the state of his position, allied himself with Sejanus in hopes of survival and the throne. Nero Caesar was eventually exiled to the Pontian Islands where he died in AD 31. Drusus Caesar's betrayal of his brother failed in its objective and
he was declared a public enemy by the senate. He died of starvation while imprisoned in AD 33.
(Contributed by Brett Telford of Southern California Coins)

 


The Dupondii


Bronze Dupondius Struck 37-38 A.D. Rome mint

Obv: NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES Nero and Drusus Caesars riding right, cloaks flying

Rev: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT around S-C

RIC I 34 (pg. 110)     Brett Telford Collection