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Live auction - brm_871438 - CALIGULA and AGRIPPINA THE ELDER Denier

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Estimate : 1 200 €
Price : 1 150 €
Maximum bid : 1 500 €
End of the sale : 05 December 2023 14:32:34
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 37
Mint name / Town : Lyon
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,64 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan centré des deux côtés. Joli buste d’Agrippine, bien venu à la frappe. Fine usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT .
Obverse description : Tête nue de Caligula à droite (O°).
Obverse translation : “Caius Cæsar Augustus Germanicus Pontifex Maximus Tribunicia Potestate Consul”, (Caius césar auguste germanique grand pontife revêtu de la puissance tribunitienne consul).


Reverse legend : AGRIPPINA. MAT . C. CAES AVG GERM.
Reverse description : Buste drapé d’Agrippine mère à droite avec une chevelure ornementée se terminant par une queue de cheval (L).
Reverse translation : “Agrippina Mater Caii Cæsaris Augusti Germanici”, (Agrippine mère de Caius César auguste germanique).


Poids très léger. Ce denier n’est pas fourré, malgré son poids, mais l’argent est cristallisé. J.-B. Giard pour cette émission a répertorié huit coins de droit et neuf de revers pour douze exemplaires recensés.

Historical background


Caligula is very attached to his parents. He lost his father Germanicus at the age of seven. His mother Agrippine, daughter of Julie and Agrippa raised him in memory of this deceased father. As time passes, she pits her children against Tibere, her stepfather, because the latter was Julie's third husband. She accuses him of having poisoned her husband through Pison, governor of Syria. Tiberius ends up taking a dislike to his daughter-in-law and finally has her exiled. Then, he executes or relegates the other children of the descendants of Germanicus: Nero and Drusus are successively eliminated, young Agrippina and Drusilla are exiled, Agrippina mother lets herself die. Tiberius keeps with him only Caligula who ends up succeeding him after having stifled his protector, as reported by the testimony of Suetonius.

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