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Agrippa, Military Commander, Friend of Augustus, Grandfather of Caligula, Great-grandfather of Nero

Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was a boyhood friend of Augustus and a renowned military commander on land and sea, winning the famous battle of Actium against the forces of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra. Declared Augustus' successor, Agrippa's brilliant career ended when he predeceased Augustus in 12 B.C. He was married to Augustus' daughter Julia; father of Gaius and Lucius Caesars, Agrippa Postumus, Julia and Agrippina Senior; grandfather of Caligula, and great-grandfather of Nero.


Agrippa, Military Commander, Friend of Augustus, Grandfather of Caligula, Ancient Unofficial Cast

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This coin is clearly cast and not an official struck mint issue. Many unofficial counterfeits or perhaps semi-offical local imitations were struck and cast in Gaul, especially during the reign of Claudius (up to 50% of the bronze Claudius coins found in some areas), apparently due to shortages of official coinage. This coin was probably cast at that time.
RB88887. Cast bronze as, cf. RIC I Gaius 58, BMCRE II Tiberius 161, BnF II Caligula 77, Hunter I 1, Cohen I 3, SRCV I 1812 (official, Rome mint, struck under Caligula), F, green patina, corrosion, casting seams and sprues, weight 15.775 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, 38 - c. 60 A.D.; obverse M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing a rostral crown; reverse Neptune standing facing, head left, nude but for cloak draped over arms, dolphin in right hand, trident vertical in left hand, large S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $135.00 (€118.80)
 


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bold strike on a large flan with no wear and a beautiful red and green color, spectacular!
SH04770. Copper as, RIC I Gaius 58, BMCRE II Tiberius 161, BnF II Caligula 77, Hunter I 1, Cohen I 3, SRCV I 1812, superb EF, weight 10.700 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 38 A.D.; obverse M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing a rostral crown; reverse Neptune standing facing, head left, nude but for cloak draped over arms, dolphin in right hand, trident vertical in left hand, large S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD


Roman Republic, Octavian and M. Vipsanius Agrippa, 38 B.C.

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In higher grades this type is extraordinarily expensive - one example sold for $104,221.
RR86468. Silver denarius, Crawford 534/2, Sear CRI 306, Sydenham 1330, BMCRR II Gaul 100, SRCV I 1542, RSC I Caesar and Augustus 5, Russo RBW ?, Fair, banker's marks, etched porous surfaces, weight 3.480 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 45o, 38 B.C.; obverse DIVOS IVLIVS - DIVI F, wreathed head of the deified Julius Caesar right, confronting bare head of Octavian left; reverse M · AGRIPPA · COS / DESIG in two lines; military mint traveling with Agrippa in Gaul or Octavian in Italy; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, ex Steve McBride (2013); rare; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

CAESARAVGVSVS (AUGUSTUS AND AGRIPPA)
MAGRIPPA
MAGRIPPACOSTER
MAGRIPPALFCOSIII
IMPDIVIF (AUGUSTUS AND AGRIPPA)
IMPDIVIFPP (AUGUSTUS AND AGRIPPA)
IMPTVESPAVGRESTSC (RESTITUTION BY TITUS)
IMPDAVGRESTSC (RESTITUTION BY DOMITIAN)


REFERENCES|

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