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  • The Twelve Caesars

    Zach Beasley

    The Twelve Caesars

    Twelve Caesars Coins. Although the beginning of the Imperial period of the Roman Empire kicked off with Augustus in 27 BC, numismatists call the first period the Twelve Caesars. Gaius Seutonius Tranquillus wrote a set of twelve biographies titled “De Vita Caesarum”, commonly called the Twelve Caesars, which includes Julius Caesar and the first eleven emperors. A very popular collecting theme, you can find coins from all twelve famous rulers here on VCoins.

    Among the many collections of ancient coins that can be assembled, one of the most challenging and desirable is that of the “Twelve Caesars.” They can be collected in copper (and its principal alloys), silver or gold; the latter is the most difficult to complete. Thus, it is a rare opportunity indeed to present this set of “Twelve Caesars” gold aurei.

    The popularity of these rulers as a group derives from one of the great literary works of antiquity — Suetonius’ De vita Caesarum, today commonly known as The Twelve Caesars. It was composed in the early second century A.D. by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, who focused on 12 rulers of Rome, a group comprised of the dictator Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors.

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