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    Portrait of a Murderess

    Claudius I (AD 41-54) with Agrippina Junior. AV aureus (19mm, 7.72 gm, 7h). NGC Choice Fine 5/5 - 3/5, scratches, edge bump. Rome, AD 50-54. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT P P, laureate head of Claudius I right / AGRIPPINAE-AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Agrippina Junior right, seen from front, hair in long queue and laureate wreathed in grain ears. RIC I 80. Calic├│ 396f. Nicely centered with two excellent portraits.

    As Emperor, Claudius proved to be a dutiful and competent administrator, but he was undone by 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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