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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.

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.||denarius|
The two soldiers standing with branches may represent Tiberius and his brother Nero Claudius Drusus. The two generals brought peace (olive branch) to Augustus on the Danube and Rhine frontiers.
SH16135. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1609, RIC I 165a, BMCRE I 446, BnF I 1366, Choice gVF+, lustrous, weight 3.865 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 15 - 13 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right; reverse IMP X, two soldiers, each holding parazonium, offering branches to Augustus seated left on stool set on platform; SOLD


Caligula, 16 Mar 37 - 24 Jan 41 A.D., Nero and Drusus Caesars on Obverse

|Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus|, |Caligula,| |16| |Mar| |37| |-| |24| |Jan| |41| |A.D.,| |Nero| |and| |Drusus| |Caesars| |on| |Obverse||dupondius|
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 Gaius 34 (S), BMCRE I Gaius 44, Cohen I Nero et Drusus 1, BnF I Gaius 52, Hunter I Gaius 18, SRCV I -, VF, encrustations, weight 16.649 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES (Nero and Drusus caesars), Nero and Drusus Caesar riding right, cloaks flying behind; reverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT (Gaius Caesar, Augustus, Germanicus, Pontifex Maximus, Tribunitia Potestas), around large S C (senatus consulto); from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Purchase, Scalco(?), 1909 - 1910" and a value of 10 francs!; scarce; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Lot of 3 Coins of Family

|Roman| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.,| |Lot| |of| |3| |Coins| |of| |Family||Lot|
Lot of three coins, types struck under Claudius for family members:
- Nero Claudius Drusus, his father, sestertius, 24.08g, cf. RIC 109; aF, porous.
- Antonia, his mother, dupondius (9.53g) cf. RIC 92, perhaps imitative; F with a typical small flan.
- Agrippina Senior, his mother-in-law and sister-in-law, sestertius (26.42g), cf. RIC 102; aF/Fair, porous.
LT91902. Bronze Lot, 3 coins struck for family members, no flips or forum tags; SOLD


|Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus|, |Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus,| |Born| |38| |B.C.,| |Died| |9| |B.C.,| |Issued| |by| |his| |Son| |Claudius||sestertius|
The countermark NCAPR was applied to numerous orichalcum coins of the reigns of Tiberius and Claudius. NCAPR is most often explained as "Nero Caesar Augustus Populo Romano." Others believe NCAPR abbreviates "Nummus Caesare Augusto Probatus" or "Nero Caesar Augustus Probavit" (probavit means approved). Excavations of the Meta Sudans and the northeastern slope of the Palatine Hill in Rome indicate that this countermark was applied for Nero's congiarium (distribution to the people) in 57 A.D., which supports the Populo Romano interpretation. Varieties of this relatively common countermark are identified by some authors as applied in either Italy, Spain or Gaul. The countermark is not found on coins bearing the name or portrait of Caligula. Clearly any coins of Caligula that were still in circulation and collected for application of the countermark were picked out and melted down, in accordance with his damnatio, rather than being countermarked and returned to circulation. A NCAPR countermark has, however, been found on a Vespasian dupondius which, if genuine and official, seems to indicate the N may refer to Nerva, not Nero.
RB93382. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I Claudius 109, BMCRE I Claudius, 208, BnF II Claudius 108, Cohen I 8, SRCV I 1897; countermark: Pangerl p. 121, 60, aF, c/m: VF; well centered, Tiber patina, porous, weight 24.003 g, maximum diameter 35.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 42 - 43 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head left; countermark behind: NCAPR in a rectangular incuse punch; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, Claudius seated left on curule chair, togate, branch in right hand, surrounded by arms and shields, S C in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Carthago Nova, Hispania Tarraconensis; Nero and Drusus Caesars Reverse

|Roman| |Hispania|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.,| |Carthago| |Nova,| |Hispania| |Tarraconensis;| |Nero| |and| |Drusus| |Caesars| |Reverse||provincial| |as|
Nero and Drusus Caesars were the elder brothers of Caligula, sons of Germanicus and Great-Grandsons of Augustus, Livia, Octavia and Marc Antony. The brothers were both, but separately, charged with treason against Tiberius and died in prison. Drusus was starved to death, reduced to chewing the stuffing of his bed (Annals 6.23).
RP93124. Bronze provincial as, RPC I 179, Villaronga-Benages 3149, SNG Cop 501, SNG Tübingen 21, F, rough, bumps, corrosion, tight flan, weight 19.452 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Carthago Nova (Cartagena, Spain) mint, 23 - 29 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS P M (Tiberius Caesar son of the Divine Augustus, emperor, high priest), bare head left; reverse NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES QVINQ C V I N C (Nero and Drusus caesars quinquennial [duumvirs] Colonia Urbis Iulia Nova Carthago), confronted heads of Nero and Drusus Caesars; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD


|Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus|, |Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus,| |Born| |38| |B.C.,| |Died| |9| |B.C.,| |Issued| |by| |his| |Son| |Claudius||sestertius|
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, RIC I Claudius 93, BMCRE I Claudius 157, BnF II Claudius 198, Cohen I 8, SRCV I 1896, gF, superb portrait, very nice surfaces with the exception of a, not too detracting, pit on lower reverse, weight 25.532 g, maximum diameter 35.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head left; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, Claudius seated left on curule chair, togate, branch in right hand, surrounded by arms and shields, S C in exergue; scarce; SOLD


|Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus|, |Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus,| |Born| |38| |B.C.,| |Died| |9| |B.C.,| |Issued| |by| |his| |Son| |Claudius||sestertius|
Nero Claudius Drusus was Tiberius' younger brother. He was a successful general but died at only 29 after a fall from his horse. He married Antonia, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. Their sons were Germanicus and Claudius. Claudius issued his coins.
RB32175. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I Claudius 109, BMCRE I Claudius, 208, BnF II Claudius 108, Cohen I 8, SRCV I 1897, VF, black patina, scattered pits, weight 29.954 g, maximum diameter 36.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 42 - 43 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head left; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, Claudius seated left on curule chair, togate, branch in right hand, surrounded by arms and shields, S C in exergue; ex CNG e-sale March 2007, lot 198; SOLD


Nero Claudius Drusus, Born 38 B.C., Died 9 B.C., Issued by his Son Claudius

|Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus|, |Nero| |Claudius| |Drusus,| |Born| |38| |B.C.,| |Died| |9| |B.C.,| |Issued| |by| |his| |Son| |Claudius||sestertius|
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.
RB82695. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I Claudius 93, BMCRE I Claudius 157, BnF II Claudius 198, Cohen I 8, SRCV I 1896, aVF, excellent portrait, attractive green patina, some legend weak, areas of corrosion, edge crack, weight 21.448 g, maximum diameter 35.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head left; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, Claudius seated left on curule chair, togate, branch in right hand, orb(?) under seat, surrounded by arms, armor, and shields, S C in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 315 (20 Nov 2013), lot 362; ex Dr. Robert A. Kilmarx Collection, CNG sale 45 (18 Mar 1998), lot 1871; scarce; SOLD








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