The Roman Empire
Estimate: 1'250 CHF
Starting price: 1'000 CHF
Price realized: 1'500 CHF
In the name of Antonia, wife of Nero Claudius Drusus
Antonia's portraits on bronze coins issued under her son Claudius can be very impressive examples of Roman portraiture. However some are clearly not from the mint of Rome, but the produce of auxiliary mints. Note also that Antonia’s issues in gold and silver are cruder than those in bronze. Antonia's portrait is characterized by a relatively simple hairstyle and her ear is fully visible. This is in contrast to Agrippina senior, who has a much more elaborate hairstyle and her ear is never visible (see sestertius lot 1059 in this catalogue). AMP. Dupondius circa 41-50 and later (?), Æ 12.81 g. ANTONIA – AVGVSTA Draped bust r. Rev. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP S – C Claudius, togate, standing l., holding simpulum. C 6. BMC Claudius 166. RIC Claudius 92. CBN Claudius 143.
A very interesting and appealing portrait of fine style. Dark olive green-brown patina,
minor areas of weakness, otherwise about extremely fine / good very fine Ex Triton III, 1999, 988 and Giessener Munzhandlung 103, 2000, 428 sales. Illustrated on www.romancoins.info, section imagines imperatorum
This dupondius shows an exceptionally high quality portrait of this important lady. AMP.