Agrippina Sr, Æ Sestertius, ca. 42-43 AD
Æ (orichalcum?); 36mm/26gm Struck under Claudius, brother of Germanicus
Con/ Good Fine; large and heavy flan, soft strike to right, near complete and legible legends; 100% better in hand.
Obv/ AGRIPPINA M F GERMANICI CAESARIS, draped bust right
Rev/ TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P around large SC.
Ref/ RIC Vol 1, 102 (Claudius), BMC 219, Cohen 3.
Seller's Note/ Here is the sad story behind this coin: Agrippina was the wife of the popular Roman general Germanicus who was the beloved brother of Claudius, and the mother of Caligula.
Germanicus and all of his children died under suspicious circumstances (poisoned by Livia) or were murdered by Tiberius. In 29 AD, Tiberius had Agrippina banished to the prison island of Panataria where she died of starvation in 33 AD.