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Nero Claudius Drusus, born 38 B.C., died 9 B.C., father of Claudius

Nero Claudius Drusus was the younger brother of Tiberius. He was a successful general but died following a fall from his horse at only 29 years of age. He married Antonia, the daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. Their sons were Germanicus and Claudius. The coins of Nero Claudius Drusus were issued by his son Claudius.


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The curule chair was for senior magistrates including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. As a form of a throne, it might be given as an honor to foreign kings recognized formally as a friend (amicus) by the Roman people or senate. Designed for use by commanders in the field, the curule chair could be folded for easy transport. It had no back, low arms, curved legs forming an X, and was traditionally made of or veneered with ivory.
SH46856. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV I 1896, RIC I 93, BMCRE I 157, gF, weight 25.532 g, maximum diameter 35.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head left; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP S C, Claudius (or Drusus?), togate, seated left on curule chair, surrounded by arms and shields; superb portrait, very nice surfaces with the exception of a, not too detracting, pit on lower reverse; scarce; SOLD


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RB32175. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV I 1897, RIC I 109, Cohen 8, BMCRE I 208, VF, black patina, weight 29.954 g, maximum diameter 36.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 42 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head left; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P S C, Claudius (or Drusus?), togate, seated left on curule chair, holding branch, surrounded by arms and shields; scattered pits, ex CNG e-sale 3/07 lot 198; SOLD


Nero and Drusus Caesar, Time of Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

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From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1910, when he purchased this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.
SH41426. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I 34, BMCRE I 44, VF, encrustations, weight 16.649 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 41 A.D.; obverse NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES, Nero and Drusus Caesar riding right, cloaks flying behind; reverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, around large S C; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Purchase, Scalco(?), 1909 - 1910" and a value of 10 francs!; scarce; SOLD







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