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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Claudius| > RP27251
Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., with Agrippina Junior
The image on the reverse resembles sculptures of Artemis, the Lady of Ephesus, including one at the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and another at the Vatican. The Ionians worshiped Artemis as a mother goddess, akin to the Phrygian Cybele. Her cult image was adorned with multiple rounded breast like protuberances on her chest. They have been variously interpreted as accessory breasts, eggs, grapes, acorns, or even bull testes. Excavation at the site of the Artemision in 1987/8 found a multitude of tear-shaped amber beads that once adorned the ancient wooden xoanon.Artemis
RP27251. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 2621 (9 spec.); Weber 5871; BMC Ionia p. 73, 206; SNG Cop 369 corr. (Tiberius and Livia), aVF/F, nice green patina, light marks, tiny edge splits, Ephesos mint, weight 5.872g, maximum diameter 18.1mm, die axis 180o, c. 49 - 50 A.D.; obverse jugate head of Claudius and draped bust of Agrippina right; reverse facing cultus-statue of Ephesian Artemis, with arm supports, EΦE-CIA high across field divided by head; rare; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

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AGRIPPINAAVGGERMANICIFCAESARISAVG
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