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with garlands attached. The legend and type
appear on gold and silver of Antonia, whose
head on the obverse is crowned with corn-ears,
as if she had been another Ceres.-- Caligula,
who was grandson to this princess, conferred upon her the title of Augusta, made her Priestess
of (the temple of) Augustus, and appropriated
to her all the honours of a Vestal.-- Vaillant considers the torches on the reverse as referring to the mysteries of Ceres. But Eckhel is of
opinion that this type bears simply on the rites
of her Augustan priesthood. He adds that "as
it is certain from the very titles themselves that
the present coin could not have been struck
before the government of Caligula, so is it most
probable that it saw light in the reign of
  Similar reverses to this and to another coin
(CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI) is found also amongst
the money of her son Claudius, who frequently
restored the memory of ancestors.-- See Antonia
   It was this circumstance which induced Havercamp to suspect that the dies had been changed
through the carelessness of the mint-master. --
Eckhel sees no reason for supposing such
thing. For, he remarks, "Claudius, as well
as his mother Antonia, had been appointed a
Sacerdos D. Augusti, and he indeed by Tiberius,
as Tacitus affirms. And there seems to have
been another cause for Claudius's choice of
this reverse. For, besides his professing to
reverence Augustus so much as to hold no oath-
taking more sacred than that of swearing per
, he appears to have employed this
type for the purpose of removing the disgrace
of another priesthood, the office of which he was
himself forced by Caligula to accept, when the
latter called himself Jupiter Latialis, &c.--
Doct. Num. Vet. vol. vi. p. 236.

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