Roman Imperial coin, copper, AE as. Struck during the reign of Tiberius Caesar in honor of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, after his death, 14-37 C.E. The head of Agrippa wears a rostral crown (?) and faces left in profile, on obverse with the inscription "M AGRIPPA L F COS III" surrounding image. On reverse, a standing figure and "S-C" on either side. Reverse images and inscriptions difficult to decipher due to fading.
Date range: 14-37 C.E.
Remarks: Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was born in 63 B.C.E. and a close friend of Augustus from boyhood. A renowned commander by both land and sea, he was destined by Augustus to succeed him, but he pre-deceased the emperor in 12 B.C.E. It has been written of Agrippa that "he is the supreme example in history of a man of the first order whom loyalty constrained to take the second place". Tiberius' coins were minted in Rome, Lugdunum, Caesarea, and possibly Samosata.
Reference: David Sear, Roman Coins and their Values (1970), #456.
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