OTD in 55 CE: Britannicus Nero-ly avoids becoming Augustus

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  1. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    On today's date, 1,964 years ago, Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus,
    Britannicus-Louvre.jpg natural son of Claudius and heir to the empire of Rome, "chokes" on some hot cocoa (a warm drink universally regarded as having been poisoned on Nero's orders) paving the way for the triple threat (singer, musician and actor. Why, what other kind of threat could he be?) Nero to be the undisputed ruler. As well as the last of the Julio/Claudian line (thanks a lot NerdO).
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    Britannicus, with Octavia
    and Antonia
    Mysia 41-55 CE
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    large 28mm bronze
    Roman coin of
    Emperor Claudius.
    The script on the
    obverse is TI

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    54-68 CE. AE Dupondius of
    Lugdunum, 66. Laureate
    head / Securitas seated with
    sceptre. RIC.445

    Please post your coins of Britannicus, Claudius, Messalina, Nero, Agrippina or whomever you deem relevant!
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  3. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Nice little story @Ryro and great coins. Fun to read your posts!

    Here are some of mine:

    Judaea Claudius w-Britannicus CE 41-54 Æ Prutah 17mm 2.8g Antonius Felix-procurator Dated RY 14 54 CE 2-crossed shields spears - Palm tree BPIT K AI L IΔ date Hendin 1348

    RI Claudius 41-54 Ae As 28mm LIBERTAS AVGVSTA holding pileus S-C RIC 113

    RProv Valeria Messalina married to-Claudius 41-54 CE Alexandria BI Tet yr 42-43 13.1g 25mm RPC I 5131

    RI Agrippina II 50-59 BCE AE 26mm Egypt Bust of Euthenia w Corn in Hair RPC 5188

    Here is the guy who started the Nero shut-down:
    RI Civil War VINDEX 68-69 CE AR Denarius 3.22g Gallic mint SALVS GENERIS HVMANI Victory l globe - SPQR in wreath RIC 72 BMCRE 34-36 RSC 420 RARE o
    Ex: @Valentinian
  4. galba68

    galba68 Well-Known Member

    nice post, Ryro..
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  5. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Thanks Bro DiMaggio. I always appreciate you sharing your magnificent coinage!
    Not sure if I'm more jealous of your Messalina or your Vindex...nevermind, def your Vindex! What an amazing piece of history you own right there (he typed while wiping the drool from his chin).
    I noticed my Agrippina missing from the op. Though I found her hanging out with one of the lowest dreggs of society, an actor! Yuck!! Here she is:
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  6. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Thanks my man! I thought I remembered you sharing a lovely coin of Nero in a previous thread of yours...
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  8. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

    BE532277-90A4-41D1-A88B-971C799FF65A.jpeg Antonia Minor certainly fits in this thread ! She could have been the grandma of Brittanicus, but died a few years before he was born.......

    Antonia, dupondius.
    26,8 mm, 13,82 g.
    Obv. ANTONIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
    Rev. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP S-C, Claudius, togate, standing left, holding simpulum.
    RIC 92
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  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    The way their bloodlines intertwined at this time, she was probably his MOTHER! :D
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  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    ...so, here is another one of his... yeah, you have seen this one before...

    RI Civil War Revolt of Vindex CE 68-69 AR Denarius 17mm 3.02g RIC I 62-RARE

    Even though this one is uglier, it seems harder to find...
  11. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Good point and wonderful coin! I have an Antonia:
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    wife of Nero Claudius Drusus, mother of Germanicus and Claudius. Died 37 AD. Æ Dupondius (25 MM, 13.25 gm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Claudius, 41-42 AD.
    Draped bust right / Claudius, veiled, standing left, holding simpulum. RIC I 92 (Claudius);
  12. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter



    RI ANTONIA Minor AVGVSTA daughter of-Marc Antony wife of-Nero Claudius Drusus AE Dupondius 28mm 11.8g togate holding simpulum S-C
  13. Daniel lawlor

    Daniel lawlor New Member

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    Could someone please tell me what kind of coin this is and when it's from if you have any idea, I was giving it years ago by my grandfather who used to collect coins before he passed and id love to find out more about it, thanks
  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    It's a Hadrian like this:
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    AE Sestertius
    OBVERSE: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate bust right, draped far shoulder
    REVERSE: HILARITAS P R S-C, COS III in ex, Hilaritas standing facing holding palm & cornucopia, two small children flanking her
    Struck at Rome, 128-134AD
    25.30g, 35mm
    RIC 970
  15. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Claudius and Nero on this coin:

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    randygeki Coin Collector

  17. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Late for the birthday party, but this one only recently arrived, and i am happy to show it:

    7.4 tekst Britannicus.jpg

    Poor little guy. Having been killed by Nero and then, almost two-thousand years later scholars mix your head with that of your murderous half brother...

    If only his father would be a bit more critical towards the ladies...?

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  18. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Denarius of Nero 60-61 A.D. Rv Roma stg right RIC 28 3.67 grms 18 mm nerod12.jpg
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