Roman Imperial coin, bronze (orichalcum), AE sestertius. Struck during the reign of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Caligula) in honor of his mother Agrippina Senior (14 B.C.E. - 33 C.E.), after her death, in Rome, 37-41 C.E. The plaited head and draped bust of Agrippina faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "AGRIPPINA M F MAT C CAESARIS AVGVSTI" surrounding image. On reverse, an ornamented carpentum drawn by two mules faces right, with the inscriptions "S P Q R" above and "MEMORIAE AGRIPPINAE" below.
Date range: 37-41 C.E.
Remarks: Agrippina Senior (14 B.C.E. - 33 C.E.), or Vipsania Agrippina, was the wife of Germanicus, (14 B.C.E. - 33 C.E.) and accompanied him on all his campaigns. They had nine children, including the Emperor Caligula. In 29 C.E. Emperor Tiberius banished her because of conflicting politics to the island of Pandataria where she died of starvation. All coins bearing her name were struck after her death by her son. Caligula's coins were minted in Rome, Caesarea, and possibly Lugdunum.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #1827, pg 361.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|