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290, Lot: 350. Estimate $200.
Sold for $120. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Agrippina Junior. Augusta, AD 50-59. Æ Sestertius (35mm, 26.18 g). Balkan(?) mint. Draped bust right / Blank. Von Kaenel, “Britannicus, Agrippina Minor, and Nero in Thrakien,” SNR 63 (1984), A5, pl. 24, 29 (same obv. die; also with blank rev.); cf. RIC I 103 (Claudius); cf. BMCRE p. 195 note; cf. Classical Numismatic Group E-274, lot 343 and E-280, lot 130 (same obv. die?; also with blank rev.). Fine, green patina, surfaces a little rough.

From the R. D. Frederick Collection.

Apparently struck at a Balkan mint, to judge from finds in the territory of Moesia-Thrace. The note in RIC raises the possibilty that the Agrippina sestertii with the obverse legend AGRIPPINA AVG GERMANICI F CAESARIS AVG were made as presentation pieces for a military unit stationed in the region.

BMCRE mentions at least one sestertius from this series with an “obliterated” reverse.