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Sale: CNG 67, Lot: 1149. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2004. 
Sold For $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SYRIA, Trachonitis. Caesarea Panias. Diva Poppaea and Diva Claudia. Died 65 and 63 AD AD. Æ 18mm (6.59 gm). Struck under Nero, circa 65 AD. DIVA POPPAEA AVG, distyle temple with seated figure of Poppaea / DIVA CLAVD NER F, hexastyle temple with figure of Nero. RPC 4846; SNG ANS 858. VF, black patina, an exceptionally attractive example of this rare dynastic coin. ($500)

From the Tony Hardy Collection.

The only coin issued in the name of Claudia, Nero's daughter, who died in infancy in 63 AD. Poppaea, her mother, was kicked to death by Nero two years later. Site finds support an attribution to Panias (modern Banias), and Agrippa II re-named the city Neronias in 61 AD, an attempt to curry imperial favor that did not outlast Nero himself.