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Antonia, Daughter of Mark Antony, Wife of Nero Drusus, Mother of Claudius, Grandmother of Caligula

Antonia was the daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, wife of Nero Claudius Drusus, sister-in-law of Tiberius, mother of Claudius, and grandmother of Caligula. Renowned for her beauty and virtue, Antonia spent her long life revered by the Roman people and enjoyed many honors conferred upon her by her relatives. She died around 37 A.D.; she was either poisoned by Caligula or committed suicide after he rejected her. Although she never loved her sickly son, Claudius, calling him a monster and a fool, he posthumously made her Augusta in 41 A.D. and all her coinage was issued early in his reign.


Antonia, Daughter of Mark Antony, Wife of Nero Drusus, Mother of Claudius, Grandmother of Caligula

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Antonia was the daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, the wife of Nero Drusus, the mother of Claudius, and a grandmother of Caligula. Renowned for her beauty and virtue, Antonia was revered by the Roman people. She was probably poisoned by Caligula or committed suicide. She never loved her son Claudius, calling him a monster and a fool, but he posthumously made her Augusta in 41 A.D. and issued all her coinage.
SH68887. Silver denarius, RIC I Claudius 66, BMCRE I Claudius 111, Cohen 2, SRCV I 1900, F, toned, weight 3.717 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, struck under Claudius, c. 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse ANTONIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing barley wreath; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Antonia standing facing, draped as Constantia, long torch in right, cornucopia in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare (R2); $880.00 (€783.20)
 


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Cyzicus, Mysia; Britannicus, Octavia, and Antonia

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Britannicus was the son of Claudius and Messalina, and the presumptive heir. Octavia was his older sister. Claudia Antonia was Claudius' daughter by an earlier wife.
RP84050. Bronze AE 13, RPC I 2248, BMC Mysia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Hunterian -, aF, area of encrustation on Octavia's jaw, weight 1.918 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, die axis 315o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, before 43 A.D.; obverse NEΩΣ ΓEPMANIKOΣ K Y, bare head of Britannicus right; reverse AN OKTA, confronted, draped busts of Claudia Antonia and Octavia; very rare; $340.00 (€302.60)
 


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Antonia was daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, wife of Nero Claudius Drusus, sister-in-law of Tiberius, mother of Claudius, and grandmother of Caligula. Renowned for her beauty and virtue, Antonia spent her long life revered by the Roman people and enjoyed many honors conferred upon her by her relatives. All her coinage was issued early in the reign of Claudius. She died around 37 A.D., possibly as a result of forced suicide ordered by Caligula.
RB42875. Orichalcum dupondius, SRCV I 1903, RIC I Claudius 104, BMCRE I Claudius 213, Cohen I 6, BnF II Claudius 204, aVF, weight 17.097 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, issued by Claudius, 42 - 43 A.D.; obverse ANTONIA AVGVSTA, bare-headed bust right, hair in long plait; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, Claudius standing left, veiled and togate, simpulum in right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD







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