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    Claudius' Downfall, Agrippina

    Claudius (AD 41-54), with Agrippina Sr. AV aureus (7.77 gm). Rome, AD 50-54. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT P P, laureate head of Claudius right / AGRIPPINAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Agrippina Sr. right, wreathed in grain ears. RIC 80. BMCRE 72. Calico 396. Nearly extremely fine.

    From the Rubicon Collection.

    Once installed in power, the supposedly oafish Claudius surprised everyone by ruling with intelligence and moderation. He erred only in his obsession with detail, his reliance on freedmen and cronies, and his atrocious taste in women. Messalina, his promiscuous third wife, ran wild as Empress and nearly brought down his regime with a sex-crazed conspiracy in AD 48. His next wife, Agrippina the Younger, depicted on the reverse of this aureus, 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.


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    September, 2011
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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