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    Nero (AD 54-68), with Agrippina Junior (died AD 58). AR denarius (3.37 gm). Lugdunum, AD 54. AGRIPP AVG DIVI CLAVD NERONIS CAES MATER, bare head of Nero right, facing draped bust of Agrippina II left / NERONI CLAVD DIVI F CAES AVG GERM IMP TR P around oak wreath enclosing EX SC. RIC 2 (R2). BMCRE 3. RSC 7. Very rare. Cleanly struck with two exceptional portraits. Minor porosity, otherwise nearly extremely fine.

    This denarius, struck early in Nero's reign, strikingly shows his mother Agrippina Junior, widow of the newly deceased and deified Claudius, as the dominant force in the imperial government. Not only is her portrait depicted on an equal basis with that of her son, her name and titles are placed on the obverse, while Nero's are relegated to the reverse. Within a few months of the regime change, Agrippina's power had been eclipsed by Nero's advisors Seneca and Burrus. She never accepted her subordinate role and was eventually murdered on the orders of her son in AD 58.


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