The father of Caligula, brother of Tiberius and stepson of Augustus, Germanicus held an enviable imperial pedigree. He was an able and loved general who had the rare Augustan traits of moderation and leadership without excess. Even though Augustus appointed Tiberius emperor he far preferred the qualities of Germanicus and left plans in place to ensure that he stayed in the limelight and perhaps succeed Tiberius. Unfortunately, his popularity grew to such an extent that Tiberius became jealous for he knew that it would take little arm-twisting from the part of Germanicus to mount a coup that would probably end in his deposing. Tiberius's worries would be laid to rest however when Germanicus died suddenly and unexpectedly of a mysterious illness, possibly the effects of poisoning.
RIC 63 (Caligula), S 1798 Cistophoric Drachm Obv: GERMANICVSCCAESARAVG - Bare head right.
Rev: IMPERATORPONTMAXAVGTRPONT - Simpulum and lituus.
RIC 56 (Caligula) Dupondius Obv: GERMANICVS/CAESAR - Germanicus in triumphal quadriga right; panel of chariot decorated with Victory.
Rev: SIGNIS RECEPT/DEVICTIS GERM - Large S C across field, Germanicus standing left, holding eagle-tipped scepter.
RIC 35 (Caligula), BMC 49, S 1821 As Obv: GERMANICVSCAESARTIAVGVSTFDIVIAVGN - Bare head of Germanicus left.
Rev: CCAESARAVGGERMANICVSPONMTRPOT - Legend around large S C. 37-38 (Rome).