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Octavia, wife of Nero, daughter of Claudius

Octavia was born in 40 A.D. the daughter of Claudius and Messalina. She married her cousin the future emperor Nero in 53 A.D. and was exiled then murdered by him in 62 A.D.

|Octavia|, |Octavia| |(Wife| |of| |Nero,| |Daughter| |of| |Claudius),| |Perinthus,| |Thrace||AE| |26|
 
RP05523. Bronze AE 26, RPC I 1750, SNG Cop -, aF, weight 7.06 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, struck during the reign of Nero, 54 - 59 A.D.; obverse OKTAIAC CEBACTHC, bust of Octavia right; reverse ΠEPINΘIΩN, three heads of grain between two poppies; very rare; SOLD


Mark Antony and Octavia, 39 B.C., Ephesos, Ionia

|Cistophori|, |Mark| |Antony| |and| |Octavia,| |39| |B.C.,| |Ephesos,| |Ionia||cistophoric| |tetradrachm|
Triumvir Reipublicae Constituendae, abbreviated on this coin with III VIR R P C, was the title adopted in November of 43 B.C. by the three Caesarian leaders (Mark Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus) when they formed the Second Triumvirate to oppose the tyrannicides Brutus and Cassius.
SH85436. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, RPC I 2202, Sydenham 1198, Crawford 263, RSC Octavia and M. Antony 3, Sear CRI 263, BMCRR East 135, SRCV I 1513, VF, well centered, toned, weight 12.035 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, summer - autumn 39 B.C.; obverse M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT, conjoined head of Antony and bust of Octavia right, Antony nearer and wreathed in ivy, Octavia draped; reverse Dionysus standing half left on cista mystica, in his right hand, thyrsus in his left hand, flanked by two interlaced snakes with heads erect, III VIR (triumvir) downward on left, R P C (Reipublicae Constituendae) upward on right; SOLD


Britannicus, Octavia and Antonia, 48 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia

|Cappadocia|, |Britannicus,| |Octavia| |and| |Antonia,| |48| |A.D.,| |Caesarea,| |Cappadocia||AE| |21|
Claudius had three biological children, all three are depicted on this coin.
SH90912. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 3656; BMC Galatia, p. 46, 13 corr. (head of Claudius); Sydenham Caesarea 61 corr. (same); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Tb -; SNG Hunterian -, VF, weight 5.721 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Cappadocia, Caesarea (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, 48 A.D.; obverse KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP BPITANNIKOC, bare head of Britannicus left; reverse KAICAP ET H OKTAOYIA ANΩNIA, Octavia and Antonia standing facing one another, clasping hands, each holding cornucopia; very rare; SOLD


Judaean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa II, c. 49 - 95 A.D., Struck for Claudius

|Claudius|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |Herod| |Agrippa| |II,| |c.| |49| |-| |95| |A.D.,| |Struck| |for| |Claudius||AE| |23|
Paul was accused by Jewish leaders of blaspheming God, desecrating the temple, encouraging people to disobey Mosaic Law, sedition, insurrection, and creating riots against the government. Paul appealed, using his right as a Roman citizen for a decision from the Emperor in Rome. He was imprisoned in Caesarea Maritima awaiting transport to Rome. Agrippa and Bernice met with the Roman governor Festus a few days later. They held a hearing to discuss the charges. Paul described his conversion on the road to Damascus, then said, "I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happenthat the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles." Festus thought Paul was out of his mind. He couldnt understand why the Jewish leaders would bother with him. Agrippa said, "Are you trying to convert me?" Paul replied, "Short time or long - I pray God that not only you, but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains." Agrippa and Festus later agreed Paul had not done anything that deserves death or imprisonment. Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."
SH98712. Bronze AE 23, RPC Online I 4842; Hendin 6289; Meshorer TJC 350; Sofaer 83; Rosenberger III p. 47, 11, F, tooled, corrosion, pitting, encrustations, seldom seen better, weight 10.795 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 30o, Caesarea Paneas (Banias, Golan Heights) mint, pre-royal coinage, 53 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Claudius left; reverse ANTONIA BRITANNICVS OCTAVIA, Brittanicus standing facing, flanked on left by Antonia, and on right by Octavia (the three children of Claudius), each holds a cornucopia; ex Ira & Larry Goldberg auction 123 (28 Sep 2021), lot 1334; ex The Stephan Fregger collection; Ex Agora Auctions; very rare; SOLD







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