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Roman Empire

Ruler: Agrippina Senior (posthumously under Caligula)mother of Caligula
Held Office: born 15 BC, died 33 AD
Denomination: Brass Sestertius
Mint: Rome
Date of Issue: 37-41 AD
Obverse: Bust of Agrippina, draped, right, her hair falling in queue down the back of her head. "AGRIPPINA M F C CAESARIS AVGVSTI"
Reverse: Carpentum drawn left by two mules. "S P Q R MEMORIAE AGRIPPINAE"
Reference: RCVM 1827, RIC Vol 1, Gaius 55
Weight: 26.1 gms
Diameter: 33.9 mm


Born in 15 BC, the elder Agrippina was the daughter of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. About AD 5 she married Germanicus, elder son of Nero Claudius Drusus just after his adoption by his uncle Tiberius. She accompanied her husband on many of his military campaigns, sharing the hardships of camp life. She also bore him nine children, including the future emperor Caligula and the empress Agrippina Junior, mother of the future emperor Nero. Following her husband's early death at Antioch in AD 19 she lived in Rome and became involved in the opposition to the growing power of the praetorian prefect Sejanus. Unfortunately, she was on bad terms with the emperor Tiberius, whom she suspected of being implicated in her husband's mysterious demise. In AD 29 Sejanus succeeded in engineering her arrest and banishment to the island of Pandateria, where she died of starvation four years later.

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