Roman Imperial coin, bronze (orichalcum), AE dupondius. Struck during the reign of Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Emperor Claudius), in honor of his mother Antonia Augusta (36 B.C.E. - 37 C.E.), after her death, c. 50-54 C.E. The draped bust of Antonia Augusta faces right in profile on obverse with the inscriptions "ANTONIA AVGVSTA" left and right of image. Obverse right side of inscription difficult to decipher due to fading. On reverse, the standing figure of Claudius in togate faces left and holds a simpulum in his right hand with the inscriptions "TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P" surrounding image and "S-C" on either side. Reverse image and inscriptions off struck and faded.
Date range: c. 50-54 C.E.
Remarks: The younger daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia, sister of the Emperor Augustus, she was married to Nero Claudius Drusus in 16 B.C.E. and lived long enough to see her grandson, Caligula ascend the throne in 37 C.E. Caligula at first conferred honours upon her, but she soon fell out of favour, and her subsequent death was probably due to poison administered by the orders of the emperor. All the coins bearing her name and portrait were struck under her son, the Emperor Claudius. Claudius' coins were minted in Rome, Ephesus, Caesarea, and possibly Lugdunum.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #1903, pg 375.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Germany/Mainz|