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Consistency on Ancient Coins

Constantia is the personification consistency (constancy, persistence, endurance). On Roman coinage, she is found only on coins struck under Claudius. A typical example of the fabricated propaganda on Roman coinage, consistency was a characteristic that Claudius lacked. His biographer Suctonius said of him, "In the faculties of reflection and discernment, his mind was remarkably variable and contrasted, he being sometimes circumspect and sagacious; at others inconsiderate and hasty, often frivolous and as though he were out of his wits."

Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

|Claudius|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.||denarius|
The Roman 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. In Gaul, the Merovingian successors to Roman power employed the curule seat as an emblem of their right to dispense justice. Their Capetian successors also retained the iconic seat. The "Throne of Dagobert," of cast bronze retaining traces of gilding, is conserved in the Bibliothque nationale de France. First mentioned in the 12th century, it was already a treasured relic on which the Frankish kings sat to receive the homage of their nobles after they had assumed power. The "Throne of Dagobert" was used for the coronation of Napoleon.Throne of Dagobert
RS28059. Silver denarius, RIC I 14, BMCRE I 13, RSC II 6, gVF, weight 3.502 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P, laureate head right; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia seated left on curule chair, draped, feet on stool, right hand raised; unusual iridescent plum toning; rare; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

|Claudius|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.||as|
Constantia is the personification consistency. On Roman coinage, she is found only on coins struck under Claudius. A typical example of the fabricated propaganda on Roman coinage, consistency was a characteristic that Claudius lacked. His biographer Suctonius said of him, "In the faculties of reflection and discernment, his mind was remarkably variable and contrasted, he being sometimes circumspect and sagacious; at others inconsiderate and hasty, often frivolous and as though he were out of his wits."
RB08964. Copper as, RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857, aEF, weight 11.78 g, maximum diameter 29.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia in military dress, standing left, raising hand and holding spear, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; active corrosion will require treatment and climate control storage; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Unofficial Imitative

|Claudius|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.,| |Unofficial| |Imitative||as|
The light weight, lack of uniformity in the legends, and attractive but unusual style indicate this coin was not struck at the Rome mint. It may be entirely unofficial or may have been struck at a provincial mint, probably in Gaul or Hispania.
RB84432. Copper as, cf. RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857 (Rome mint, 41 - 50 A.D.), VF, nice portrait, tight flan, uneven strike, scratches, light corrosion, weight 7.824 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial or semiofficial provincial mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P [IMP P P?], bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia standing left, in helmet and military dress, raising hand, spear vertical in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across center; SOLD







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