The curule chair was for magistrates including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. As a form of throne, it might be given as an to foreign kings recognized formally as a friend (amicus) by the Roman people or senate. Designed for use by commanders in the , 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.
, 1896, 93, 157, gF, 25.532 g, maximum 35.2 mm, 180o, Rome mint, , 50 - 54 A.D.; CLAVDIVS DRVSVS IMP, left; TI CLAVDIVS AVG IMP S C, (or ?), togate, seated left on curule chair, surrounded by arms and shields; portrait, very nice surfaces with the exception of a, not too detracting, pit on lower ; ; SOLD
, 1897, 109, 8, 208, VF, black , 29.954 g, maximum 36.8 mm, 180o, Rome mint, , 42 A.D.; CLAVDIVS DRVSVS IMP, left; TI CLAVDIVS AVG IMP P P S C, (or ?), togate, seated left on curule chair, holding branch, surrounded by arms and shields; scattered pits, ex CNG e-sale 3/07 lot 198; SOLD
and , Time of , 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.
From the Prof. 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 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.
, 34, 44, VF, encrustations, 16.649 g, maximum 30.2 mm, 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 41 A.D.; ET DRVSVS CAESARES, and riding right, cloaks flying behind; C AVG PON M , around large S C; from the Prof. H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Purchase, Scalco(?), 1909 - 1910" and a value of 10 francs!; ; SOLD
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