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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Bithynia| > RP79840
Nero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Nicaea, Bithynia
Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. In 62 A.D., Nero divorced his wife Octavia to marry Poppaea. According to Tacitus, Poppaea married Otho only to get close to Nero and then, in turn, became Nero's favorite mistress, and then wife. She bore Nero one daughter, Claudia Augusta, born 21 January 63, who died at only four months of age. At the birth of Claudia, Nero honored mother and child with the title of Augusta. According to Suetonius, one day in the summer of 65, Poppaea quarreled fiercely with Nero over his spending too much time at the races. She was pregnant with her second child. In a fit of rage, Nero kicked her in the abdomen, killing her.
RP79840. Bronze dupondius, cf. C. Howgego, “Greek Legends and Roman Types: a Neronian Enigma,” SM 140 (November 1985), 3 and 4; RPC I 2060a (including c/m); c/m: Howgego 591, F, spots of encrustation and corrosion, Nicaea (Iznik, Turkey) mint, weight 9.024g, maximum diameter 27.1mm, die axis 180o, 62 - 65 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KΛAY∆IOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ ΓE, radiate head of Nero right, countermark: GALBA in rectangular punch; reverse ΠOΠΠIAΣ ΣEBAΣTHΣ, Poppaea (as Securitas) seated right, relaxed pose with right hand to head; very rare; SOLD










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