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    Claudius Honors His Father

    Claudius I (AD 41-54). Orichalcum sestertius (32mm, 30.57 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 3/5, smoothing. Rome, AD 41-42.  TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR · AVG ·P · M · TR · P · IMP, laureate head of Claudius right / NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMAN IMP, triumphal arch surmounted by equestrian statue right between two trophies; S-C across fields. RIC 98. BMCRE 122. CBN 162. Glossy brown patina lightly smoothed in the fields, otherwise a majestic piece boldly struck on a massive, weighty flan, with an exceptionally detailed portrait and reverse.

    Ex Hirsch 313, (23 September 2015), lot 2059 (realized $11,100 hammer); M&M Basel 43 (1970), lot 298; Sally Rosenberg 72 (1932), lot 906.

    Nero Claudius Drusus was the second son of Livia by her first husband, and was brought up in the household of Augustus, who took note of his abilities. In 16 BC he was married to Antonia, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia, and the happy union produced two sons, Germanicus and the future emperor Claudius. In 12 BC, Augustus gave him command of the planned conquest of Germany, which he seemed to have achieved in four skilfully waged campaigns over the next three years. But Drusus never returned to Rome, for a serious equestrian accident led to an infection which claimed his life in the summer of 9 BC. Despite his republican leanings, his brother Tiberius and son Claudius both became Roman emperors, the latter of whom struck this magnificent sestertius in AD 41-42, with a reverse honoring the German conquests of his illustrious father. 


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