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    Rare Nero Claudius Drusus

    Nero Claudius Drusus, Father of Claudius. Died 9 BC. Aureus, 7.59g (8h). Lugdunum, c. 41-47 AD. Obv: NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP Head of Drusus left wearing oak wreath. Rx: Triumphal arch, surmounted by statue of Drusus holding spear on horse charging right, between two trophies, each with a bound captive seated at its base; below the horse, DE; on the arch, GERM. BM 95. Paris 1. Cohen 1 (80 Fr.). RIC 69. Exquisite portrait of Drusus the Elder. This is a very rare portrait aureus of the father of Claudius, who had he survived, may have been one of Rome's finest leaders. Mint State/EF. Ex Lanz 94, 22 November 1999, Leo Benz, lot 168. Ex Hess-Leu, 23 March 1961, Collection ESR, lot 51. Ex Rollin & Feuardent, 20 April1896, Montagu, lot 124. Also, there is a small mount mark repaired at 12h on obverse.

    The wreath worn by Drusus, misidentified as a laurel wreath until recognized as oak by D. Salzmann in 1976, was presumably a posthumous honor voted to him by the Senate. The arch on the reverse celebrating Drusus' German victories under Augustus may not correspond to an actual monument, according to von Kaenel, Münzprägung...des Claudius, pp. 236-7.


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    April, 2011
    14th Thursday
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