The Roman Empire
Estimate: 3'000 CHF
Starting price: 2'400 CHF
Price realized: 3'250 CHF
In the name of Agrippina senior, wife of Germanicus
Sestertius 37-41, Æ 27.89 g. AGRIPPINA M F MAT C CAESARIS AVGVSTI Draped bust r. Rev. S P Q R / MEMORIAE / AGRIPPINAE Carpentum drawn l. by two mules; the cover supported by standing figures at the corners with ornamented side. C 1. BMC Gaius 81. RIC Gaius 55. CBN Gaius 128.
A wonderful portrait and a finely engraved reverse composition. A very appealing
brown-reddish tone, a scuff on edge and an insignificant area of corrosion on
obverse, otherwise about extremely fine Ex Christie’s New York 9 December 1991, 13; Christie’s 28 April 1993, 42 and Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio 9 January 2015, 233 sales.
As with Antonia, Agrippina senior's best portraits are produced in bronze. I have already remarked the stylistical difference with Antonia’s portrait earlier. (See above lot 1057). AMP.