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Agrippa, Military Commander, Friend of Augustus, Grandfather of Caligula, Great-grandfather of Nero

Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was a boyhood friend of Augustus and a renowned military commander on land and sea, winning the famous battle of Actium against the forces of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra. Declared Augustus' successor, Agrippa's brilliant career ended when he predeceased Augustus in 12 B.C. He was married to Augustus' daughter Julia; father of Gaius and Lucius Caesars, Agrippa Postumus, Julia and Agrippina Senior; grandfather of Caligula, and great-grandfather of Nero.


Augustus and Agrippa, 10 - 14 A.D., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Southern Gaul
Click for a larger photo The reverse commemorates the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. This theme was probably used at Nemausus because the colony was settled by Egyptian Greeks and veterans from Anthony's army that had surrendered to Octavian at Actium. This was the last of the COL NEM issues, distinguished by the addition of the title P P (Pater Patriae), an honor bestowed to Augustus in 2 B.C.
BB52515. Bronze dupondius, RIC I 159, RPC I 525, SRCV 1731, halved to make change, Fair, weight 5.510 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, Colonia Augusta Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, obverse IMP DIVI F P P, laureate heads of Agrippa and Augustus back-to-back; reverse COL NEM, crocodile right chained to palm tree, wreath with long ties above, two palms fronds below; SOLD

Agrippa? and Augustus, Knossos, Crete, c. 27 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Older references list this type as Octavian and Mark Antony, in part based on foundation of the colony c. 37 B.C. RPC concludes this can't be Mark Antony because recent scholarship indicates the colony was founded in 27 B.C. or later. The revised date makes a coin of Antony impossible.

The relative concavities of this two-headed bronze suggest that Agrippa was meant to be the obverse.
RP16544. Leaded bronze AE 21, RPC I 976; BMC Crete p. 26, 72 - 73; SNG Cop 394, F, weight 7.120 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Knossos mint, obverse C I N [C EX DD], bare head of Agrippa? right, labyrinth behind; reverse [T FVFIO] M AIMILIO II VIR, bare head of Augustus right; dark green patina, some encrustation and corrosion; SOLD



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Obverse legends:

CAESARAVGVSVS (AUGUSTUS AND AGRIPPA)
MAGRIPPA
MAGRIPPACOSTER
MAGRIPPALFCOSIII
IMPDIVIF (AUGUSTUS AND AGRIPPA)
IMPDIVIFPP (AUGUSTUS AND AGRIPPA)
IMPTVESPAVGRESTSC (RESTITUTION BY TITUS)
IMPDAVGRESTSC (RESTITUTION BY DOMITIAN)




Average well preserved denarius weight 3.63 grams.
Catalog current as of Sunday, April 20, 2014.
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Roman Coins of Agrippa