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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Agrippina Sr.| > RB58415
Agrippina Senior, Wife of Germanicus, Mother of Caligula and Agrippa Jr., Died 18 October 33 A.D.
Most references identify the portrait as Livia, but as David Vagi notes, "the bust of Justitia represents (but seemingly does not portray) Antonia and/or Agrippa Senior. It no doubt reflects the justice they received from the trial of Piso for the murder of Germanicus.." He explains that the portrait does not appear to be of either of them, perhaps because it was intended to represent them both simultaneously.

Since Agrippina knew, but had no evidence, that Piso murdered Germanicus on orders from Tiberius, she was not satisfied with this "justice" and continued to be an outspoken critic of Tiberius and his prefect, Sejanus. Sejanus had her accused of adultery. She was flogged so severely that she lost an eye, and was banished to the island of Pandateria where she starved to death four years later. Her sons Nero Caesar and Drusus Caesar also died imprisoned. When her son Caligula became emperor, the first act of his reign was to return the ashes of his mother and brothers to Rome.
RB58415. Orichalcum dupondius, Vagi Antonia 498, RIC I Livia 46, Cohen Livia 4, VF, Rome mint, weight 13.937g, maximum diameter 29.0mm, die axis 180o, 22 - 23 A.D.; obverse IVSTITIA, diademed and draped bust of Justitia right; reverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG P M TR POT XXIII, large S C; SOLD


Posnansky, H. Nemesis und Adrasteia. (Koebner, 1890).
Catalog current as of Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
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