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ID:     732439
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Agrippa
Date Ruled:     Died 12 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     As
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 37-41, under Gaius Caligula
Weight:     9.88 g
Obverse Legend:     M • AGRIPPA • L • F • COS • III •
Obverse Description:     Head left, wearing rostral crown
Reverse Legend:     S C
Reverse Description:     Neptune standing left, holding small dolphin and trident
Mint:     Rome
Primary Reference:     RIC 058 (Caligula)
Reference2:     BMCRE 161 (Tiberius)
Reference3:     Cohen 003
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, dark brown patina
Notes:     Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was Augustus' "right-hand man", a close friend whose political and military skills accelerated his rise to power. Although Agrippa was of humble birth, a social class below Augustus, he was showered with honors and held many important military commands and offices. In 21 BC, Augustus gave his daughter Julia in marriage to Agrippa, clearly marking him as the chosen heir, and in 17 Augustus formally adopted Agrippa to ensure a smooth succession. Agrippa's preeminence in political affairs was demonstrated in 13 BC when two of the three moneyers included him on their coin types. He died abruptly the following year, forcing Augustus, reluctantly perhaps, to name Tiberius as his successor.Agrippa's daughter, Agrippina the elder, later married Germanicus and bore him several children, including the future emperor Gaius Caligula, who honored his maternal grandfather by striking this handsome copper coin with his portrait. The reverse image of Neptune recalls Agrippa's role as admiral at the naval battle of Actium.