Antonia, Daughter of Mark Antony, Wife of Nero Drusus, Mother of Claudius, Grandmother of Caligula
Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.
Antonia was the daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, the wife of Nero Drusus, the mother of Claudius, and a grandmother of Caligula. Renowned for her beauty and virtue, Antonia was revered by the Roman people. She was probably poisoned by Caligula or committed suicide. She never loved her son Claudius, calling him a monster and a fool, but he posthumously made her Augusta in 41 A.D. and issued all her coinage.SH68887. Silver denarius, RIC I Claudius 66, BMCRE I Claudius 111, Cohen 2, SRCV I 1900, F, toned, weight 3.717 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, struck under Claudius, c. 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse ANTONIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing barley wreath; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Antonia standing facing, draped as Constantia, long torch in right, cornucopia in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare (R2);
$880.00 SALE PRICE $792.00Claudius and Messalina, 24 January 41 - 48 A.D., Knossos, Crete
Messalina was Claudius' 3rd wife and mother of Britannicus and Claudia Octavia. They were married when she was 14. In 48 A.D., while Claudius was away in Ostia, even though she was married to the emperor, Messalina married her lover, Gaius Silius. Silius was executed and Messalina driven to suicide.SH74280. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 1001 (rev legend ending IIVIR) or 1002, Svoronos Crete 214 corr. (IIVIR) or 212, SNG Cop -, BMC Crete -, aVF, crowded irregular flan, weight 4.393 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Knossos mint, Duumviri Cytherus und Capito, 41 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS, bare head of Claudius left; reverse VALERIA MESSALINA [CAPITONE CYTHERONTE IIVIR] or [CYTHERO CAPITONE] (end of legend off flan), draped bust of Messalina right; extremely rare;
$430.00 SALE PRICE $387.00Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Cyzicus, Mysia; Britannicus, Octavia, and Antonia
Britannicus was the son of Claudius and Messalina, and the presumptive heir. Octavia was his older sister. Claudia Antonia was Claudius' daughter by an earlier wife.RP84050. Bronze AE 13, RPC I 2248, BMC Mysia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Hunterian -, aF, area of encrustation on Octavia's jaw, weight 1.918 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, die axis 315o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, before 43 A.D.; obverse NEΩΣ ΓEPMANIKOΣ K Y, bare head of Britannicus right; reverse AN OKTA, confronted, draped busts of Claudia Antonia and Octavia; very rare;
$340.00 SALE PRICE $306.00Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Uncertain Caesarea, Syria
RPC attributes this rare type to an uncertain mint named Caesarea. See RPC I p. 599 for a discussion of its attribution.RP83686. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 4084; SNG Cop 177 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); BMC Lycaonia p. 32, 5 (Anazarbus, Cilicia), VF, well centered, nice portrait, attractive olive green patina, light marks and scratches, weight 4.58 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Caesarea mint, 25 Jan 41 - 13 Oct 54 A.D.; obverse KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP, laureate head right; reverse ETOYC KAICAPEΩN Γ (year 3), turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right; rare;
$165.00 SALE PRICE $149.00Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Cadi, Phrygia
Cadi (Gediz, Turkey) was near the sources of the Hermus at the foot of Mount Dindymus. Gediz suffered major earthquakes in 1866, 1896, 1944, and 1970. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on 28 March 1970 killed 1,086 people and left 1,260 people wounded and many thousands homeless. The town was relocated after the destruction to a new place 7 km away under the name "Yeni Gediz" (Turkish: New Gediz).RP73085. Bronze AE 24, BMC Phrygia p. 119, 16 (same reverse die?); RPC I 3063; SNG Cop 248, VF, weight 4.336 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 0o, Cadi mint, magistrate Meliton Asklepiadou, c. 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP, laureate head right; reverse EΠI MEΛITΩNOC ACKΛHΠIA∆OY (magistrate Meliton, son of Asklepiados), Zeus Laodiceus standing left, eagle in right hand, scepter in left hand, KA−∆O/HNΩN flanking upwards in two lines one before and one behind Zeus;
$80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
Libertas (Latin for Liberty) was the Roman goddess and embodiment of liberty. The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. coins.RB71917. Copper as, RIC I 113, BMCRE I 202, BnF II 230, Cohen I 47, SRCV I 1860, aF, nice portrait, green patina, light scratches, light corrosion, weight 8.721 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 42 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left; reverse LIBERTAS AVGVSTA, Libertas standing half right, pileus (cap worn by freed slaves) in right hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field;
$65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Aizanis, Phrygia
Aizanoi (Cavdarhisar, Turkey) was an important political and economic center in Roman times. Surviving remains from the period include a well-preserved Temple of Zeus, an unusual combined theater-stadium complex, and a macellum inscribed with the Price Edict of Diocletian.RP90552. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 3088; BMC Phrygia p. 34, 85; SNG Cop 83; Von Aulock Aizanoi 40; Lindgren 872, VF, some roughness, weight 4.234 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 315o, Aizanoi (Cavdarhisar, Turkey) mint, magistrate Klaudios Hierax; obverse AIZANITAI − KΛAY∆ION KAICKAPA, laureate head right; reverse EΠI KΛAY∆I−OY − IEPAKOC, Zeus of Aezanis standing facing, head left, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand;
$60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00Mopsos, Cilicia, 1st Century B.C.
GB78018. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 4056, SNG Levante 1324, SNG PfPS 925, SNG Hunterian 2362; SNG BnF -, SNGvA -, BMC Lycaonia -, Lindgren -, F, green patina, light marks and corrosion, weight 4.801 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Mopsus (Yakapinar, Turkey) mint, time of Claudius, 50 - 51 A.D.; obverse turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right; reverse MOΨEATΩN THΣ IEPAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY, Apollo standing left, laurel branch in right hand, resting left elbow on tripod lebes behind, HIP (year 118) upper right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare;
|Mopsus on the Pyramus (Ceyhan) River was c. 20 km east of Antiochia in Cilicia (Adana, Turkey). Christianity was introduced very early to Mopsus. The city was repeatedly attacked, conquered, and declined until it became, under the Turkish name Misis, a little village. Misis was renamed Yakapinar in the 1960s. The Misis Mosaic Museum was founded in 1959 to exhibit mosaics found in the area. The image right is a mosaic found at Mopsus depicting the story of Noah's Ark (click it to see a larger image).|$50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
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