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bpv_534345 - CLAUDIUS and MESSALINA Tétradrachme

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Price : 150.00 €
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 3
Mint name / Town : Alexandrie, Égypte
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 250 ‰
Diameter : 25,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 10,44 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré au droit, éclaté à 3h. Usure importante mais monnaie parfaitement identifiable. Revers agréable. Patine grise
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Exemplaire provenant de la collection AJRR


Obverse description : Tête laurée de Claude à droite (O*).
Obverse legend : TI KLAUDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOK/ lG (Tiberios Klaudios Kaisar Sebasts Germanikos Autokrator).
Obverse translation : (Tibère Claude césar auguste vainqueur des Germains, empereur).


Reverse description : Messaline, diadémée, voilée et drapée debout à gauche, appuyée sur une colonne, tenant des épis de la main gauche, le bras droit étendu avec deux petites statuettes (Britannicus et Octavie).
Reverse legend : MESSALI-NA [KAIS SEBAS] (Messalina Kaisarina Sebasta).
Reverse translation : (Messaline augusta).


Rubans de type 3. Seule représentation au revers avec Messaline qui tient Britannicus et Octavie dans sa main .

Historical background



Third wife, Claude had married Valeria Messalina (25-48), the granddaughter of Octavia, sister of Augustus, which was performed 48 sacrilege because she married her lover while she was still married to Claude , according to Suetonius. She gave two children to the Emperor Tiberius Claudius Britannicus was born in 41. Called Germanicus, his name was changed after his father had conquered Britain in 42. After the death of his mother, he fell into disgrace and Claude preferred him Nero, the son of his fourth wife Agrippina, he adopted at 50. The reversal of Claude in favor of his eldest son led perhaps the assassination of the emperor by his wife 54. The following year, Britannicus, following the words of Suetonius was poisoned by his half-brother, Nero. He may have been simply the victim of a seizure. As for Octavia, the sister of Britannicus (40-62), she was betrothed to Nero, son of Agrippina in 53. The marriage was unhappy the following year and finally Octavia was murdered in 62 to allow Nero to marry Poppea.

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