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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Claudius| > RS72978
Claudius and Agrippina Junior, 50 - 54 A.D.
Julia Agrippina was a great-granddaughter of Augustus, great-niece and adoptive granddaughter of Tiberius, sister of Caligula, niece and fourth wife of Claudius, and mother of the Nero. She is described by the ancient sources as ruthless, ambitious, violent and domineering, but also beautiful and reputable. According to Pliny the Elder, she had a double right upper canine, a sign of good fortune. Many ancient historians accused Agrippina of poisoning Claudius. A soothsayer prophesied if Nero became emperor, he would kill his mother, Agrippina replied "Let him kill me, only let him rule!" Nero had her executed in 59 A.D.
RS72978. Silver denarius, RIC I 81 (R), BMCRE I 75, RSC II Agrippina II and Claudius 4, BnF II 82, Hunter I 36, SRCV I 1886, F, nice portraits, toned, well centered on crowded flan, Rome mint, weight 3.329g, maximum diameter 18.1mm, die axis 135o, c. 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT P P, laureate head of Claudius right; reverse AGRIPPINAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Agrippina II right, she wears a wreath of grain from which one long tie hangs down at the back, her hair is fastened in a long plait looped up behind her neck, two locks fall loose down her neck; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

AGRIPPAVGDIVICLAVDNERONISCAESMATER
AGRIPPINAAVGGERMANICIFCAESARISAVG
AGRIPPINAAVGVSTACAESARISAVG
AGRIPPINAEAVGVSTAE
NEROCLAVDDIVICLAVDFCAESARAVGGERMANI
NEROCLAVDDIVIFCAESAVGGERMIMPTRPCOS
TICLAVDCAESAVGAGRIPPAVGVSTA
TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMPMTRIBPOTPP


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