AE Antonia Augusta Dupondius 41-54 A.D.(18.66g) minted 41-42 A.D.
daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, niece of Augustus , wife of Nero Claudius Drusus (Tiberius' brother), mother of Germanicus and Claudius, grandmother of Caligula and Nero; the thread that made the Julio-Claudian clan one cloth.
O: ANTONIA AUGUSTA; Draped, bare-headed bust r. wearing two-row pearl necklace secured with biannular clasp, hair falling on neck in long plait tied with double rope of pearls; RIC(Claudius)92:BMC(Claudius)766; C.(Antonia)6; Von Kaenel, Type 59, cf for die-engraver 1581
R: TI CLAUDIUS CAESAR AUG PM TRP IMP; S-C in field; Claudius, togate and veiled, standing l., holding simpulum in extended r. hand and volumen(?) in l.
G: "Unusually fine die-engraving, the beautiful portrait set off by a rich brown tone. Almost as struck, extremely fine." EF
S: Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 7;3/2-3/1994(lot 689)