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A.D. 41-54 Claudius and Messalina Silver Tetradrachm, Egypt

$675.00

A.D. 41-54 Claudius and Messalina Silver Tetradrachm, Egypt

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Relive the intrigues of ancient Rome with this historic silver Tetradrachm of Emperor Claudius, who ruled from A.D. 41 to 54. Considered “simple” due to a speech impediment, Claudius was not seen as a political threat, and therefore survived various plots against his family. Actually quite capable, he rose to become emperor, with his third wife Messalina by his side. However, he drove her to suicide when she married again behind his back! Messalina’s death meant the beginning of the end for Claudius as well – his fourth wife poisoned him after ensuring her own son’s succession.

Now more than 1,960 years old, this genuine silver coin depicts Claudius on the obverse, and Messalina on the reverse. Today, this scarce coin is one of just two Tetradrachm types known to be struck in Egypt under Claudius. This makes a fascinating, historic addition to any collection.

  • Material: Silver
  • Product Type: Single Products
  • Rulers: Claudius (A.D. 41 - 54)
  • Location: Egypt