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    The Scheming Agrippina

    Claudius (AD 41-54), with Agrippina Jr. (Augusta, AD 50-58). AV aureus (19mm, 7.54 gm, 8h).  Rome or Lugdunum, AD 50-54. TI • CLAVD • CAESAR • AVG •GERM PM • TRIB • POT • PP •, laureate head of Claudius right /  AGRIPPINAE  AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Agrippina right, hair in long queue and wreathed in grain ears. RIC 80. CBN 78. Calicó 396c. Two exceptional portraits. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice XF 5/5 - 2/5, smoothing.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Stack's (New York, 2-3 December 1997), lot 343; Stack's (10-11 December 1987), lot 3137. 

    As Emperor, Claudius erred mainly in his atrocious taste in women. Messalina, his promiscuous third wife, ran wild as Empress and nearly brought down his regime in AD 48. His next wife, Agrippina the Younger, used her wiles to enhance her own power and advance Nero, her son by a previous marriage, in the succession arrangements. This done, she fed Claudius a dish of poisoned mushrooms in October, AD 54 and brought his 13-year reign to an end. Agrippina was given extraordinary prominence on the coinage during Claudius' reign, as evidenced by this aureus.


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