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Octavia, wife of Nero, daughter of Claudius

Octavia was born in 40 A.D. the daughter of Claudius and Messalina. She married her cousin the future emperor Nero in 53 A.D. and was exiled then murdered by him in 62 A.D.


Mark Antony and Octavia, 39 B.C., Ephesos, Ionia

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Mark Antony is depicted on the obverse with the attributes of Dionysus.
SH24805. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, RPC I 2201, Cohen 2 (35 Fr.), Sydenham 1197, Sear CRI 262, gVF, obverse grainy, weight 12.001 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 0o, obverse M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT, head of Antony right, wreathed in ivy, lituus below, all within wreath of ivy and grapes; reverse III VIR R P C, bust of Octavia right on cista flanked by snakes; SOLD


Britannicus, Son of Claudius, b. 12 February 41 - d. 11 February 55 A.D.; Cyzicus, Mysia; His Sisters on Reverse

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Tiberius Claudius Britannicus was born in 41 A.D., the son of Claudius I and his third wife, Messalina. Although the natural heir to the empire, Britannicus was passed over in favor of Nero who then had him murdered a year after his fathers' death. Octavia was Britannicus' older sister and Claudia Antonia was his older half-sister, the only child of Claudius with his second wife, Aelia Paetina.
RP87092. Bronze AE 12, RPC I 2248 (9 spec.), BMC Mysia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Hunterian -, aVF, nice portraits, green patina, centered on a tight flan, light earthen encrustations, weight 1.579 g, maximum diameter 12.1 mm, die axis 0o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, before 43 A.D.; obverse NEOC ΓEPMANIKOC (N reversed), bare head of Britannicus right, K - Y (Kyzikos) across field; reverse AN OKTA, confronted, draped busts of Claudia Antonia and Octavia; ex Savoca Numismatik, blue auction 3 (25 Nov 2017), lot 622; SOLD


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RP05523. Bronze AE 26, RPC I 1750, SNG Cop -, aF, weight 7.06 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, struck during the reign of Nero, 54 - 59 A.D.; obverse OKTAIAC CEBACTHC, bust of Octavia right; reverse ΠEPINΘIΩN, three heads of grain between two poppies; very rare; SOLD


Mark Antony and Octavia, 39 B.C., Ephesos, Ionia

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Triumvir Reipublicae Constituendae, abbreviated on this coin with III VIR R P C, was the title adopted in November of 43 B.C. by the three Caesarian leaders (Mark Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus) when they formed the Second Triumvirate to oppose the tyrannicides Brutus and Cassius.
SH85436. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, RPC I 2202, Sydenham 1198, Crawford 263, RSC Octavia and M. Antony 3, Sear CRI 263, BMCRR East 135, SRCV I 1513, VF, well centered, toned, weight 12.035 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, summer - autumn 39 B.C.; obverse M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT, conjoined head of Antony and bust of Octavia right, Antony nearer and wreathed in ivy, Octavia draped; reverse Dionysus standing half left on cista mystica, in his right hand, thyrsus in his left hand, flanked by two interlaced snakes with heads erect, III VIR (triumvir) downward on left, R P C (Reipublicae Constituendae) upward on right; SOLD


Britannicus, Octavia and Antonia, 48 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia

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Claudius had three biological children, all three are depicted on this coin.
SH90912. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 3656; BMC Galatia, p. 46, 13 corr. (head of Claudius); Sydenham Caesarea 61 corr. (same); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Tüb -; SNG Hunterian -, VF, weight 5.721 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Cappadocia, Caesarea (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, 48 A.D.; obverse KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP BPITANNIKOC, bare head of Britannicus left; reverse KAICAP ET H OKTAOYIA ANΩNIA, Octavia and Antonia standing facing one another, clasping hands, each holding cornucopia; very rare; SOLD








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