`I moved into ancients 6 1/2 years ago, and for some reason found myself drawn towards the deification issues. It started with the coin I'm using as my avatar, the deification issue of Antonin Pius showing his funeral pyre topped with a quadriga - although it looks like a wedding cake with 4 candles on it. I read a good treatise written a century ago about the state religion of Rome, and started collecting the coins of deified emperors and their families.
Like all good topics, the more I learned the more I realized there was to learn. After those years of collecting I thought I had exhausted the deification issues, usually marked with "CONSECRATIO" on the reverse. A few weeks ago I learned that Constantine the Great, who died a Christian, had one issued in his name by the Senate. After I picked that one up, I found another that I missed. And another. Then I realized Trajan Decius had issued an entire set of 11 to celebrate Rome's Heritage
(and his connection to it).
The more I dug, the more of them I found. So I thought I'd better start a list. Please suggest those that I missed, and provide links to any write-ups on the coin if found.
Julius Caesar authorized by Octavian.
Augustus authorized by Tiberius.
Augustus authorized by Titus.
Augustus authorized by Trajan Decius.
Vespasian authorized by Titus.
Vespasian authorized by Trajan Decius.
Titus authorized by Trajan Decius.
Nerva authorized by Trajan Decius.
Marciana authorized by Trajan.
Trajan authorized by Trajan Decius.
Sabina authorized by Hadrian.
Hadrian authorized by Trajan Decius.
Faustina I authorized by Pius.
Pius authorized by Marcus Aurelius.
Pius authorized by Trajan Decius.
Lucius Verus authorized by Marcus Aurelius.
Faustina II authorized by Marcus Aurelius.
Marcus Aurelius authorized by Commodus.
Marcus Aurelius authorized by Trajan Decius.
Commodus authorized by Septimius Severus.
Commodus authorized by Trajan Decius.
Pertinax authorized by Septimius Severus.
Septimius Severus authorized by Caracalla.
Septimius Severus authorized by Trajan Decius.
Caracalla authorized by Elagabalus.
Julia Domna authorized by Severus Alexander.
Julia Maesa authorized by Severus Alexander.
Paulina authorized by Maximinus Thrax.
Severus Alexander authorized by Trajan Decius.
Mariniana authorized by Valerian.
Valerian II authorized by Gallienus.
Carus authorized by Carinus.
Constantine I authorized by Senate.
What I find particularly interesting is that the leadership of many ancient cultures often claimed descent from the gods. In Japan the emperor once claimed descent from the sun goddess Amaterasu. I'm also curious if the ancient Roman practice lives on today in the Roman Catholic Church's canonization of saints - but I'll leave that topic for another day.