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Nero Claudius Drusus, Born 38 B.C., Died 9 B.C., Issued by his Son Claudius
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, Rome mint, weight 21.448g, maximum diameter 35.4mm, die axis 180o
, 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
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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