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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 743. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $2110. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

AGRIPPINA JUNIOR, second wife of Claudius, mother of Nero. Augusta, 50-59 AD. Æ Sestertius (25.18 g, 6h). Thracian mint. Draped bust of Agrippina right / Carpentum drawn left by two mules, the cover supported by standing figures. RIC I 103 (Claudius); von Kaenel, Thrakien, Type A; BMCRE p. 195, note *; Cohen -. Fine, dark green patina, minor flan crack. Very rare. ($2000)

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 55 (13 September 2000), lot 1149.

Sestertii and dupondii in the name of Agrippina Junior have been found localized in the Balkan region, and were most likely struck at a local mint servicing the legions guarding the border. The lack of reverse legends on both the sestertius and dupondius, specifically the S C, would be in keeping with a provincial issue not issued under the nominal authority of the Roman Senate.