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    Nero (AD 54-68), with Agrippina Junior (Augusta, AD 50-59). AR denarius (19mm, 3.58 gm, 4h). NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 2/5, edge marks. Lugdunum, AD 55. NERO CLAVD DIVI F CAES AVG GERM IMP TR P COS, jugate busts right of Nero, bareheaded and with drapery at back of neck, and of Agrippina, bareheaded and draped / AGRIPP AVG DIVI CLAVD NERONIS CAES MATER around, EX S C in left field, quadriga of elephants left, the cart bearing two chairs holding Divus Claudius, radiate, holding eagle-tipped scepter, and Divus Augustus, radiate, holding patera and scepter. RIC I 7. BMCRE 8. CBN 13. RSC 4. RCV 2044. Very rare!

    The artistry of this denarius hides a subtle shift in the fortunes of Nero's formidable mother, Agrippina Junior, who poisoned the emperor Claudius in order to gain power through her son, only to lose influence and, ultimately, her life. Coins of Nero's first year (AD 54) show confronted busts of the young emperor and his mother, but Agrippina's name appears on the obverse, with Nero's name and titles relegated to the reverse. This denarius, from Nero's second year, shows their busts jugate, with Nero in the foreground (the position of honor), eclipsing his mother, and names Nero on the obverse while demoting Agrippina's name to the reverse. The reverse design honors Divus Claudius by associating him with Divus Augustus.


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