The Roman Empire
Estimate: 6'000 CHF
Starting price: 4'800 CHF
Price realized: 15'000 CHF
Claudius, 41 – 54
Cistophorus, Ephesus circa 50-51, AR 11.44 g. TI CLAVD CAES AVG AGRIPP AVGVSTA Head of Claudius and draped bust of Agrippina l., conjoined. Rev. DIANA – EPHESIA Facing standing cult statue of Diana (Artemis) Ephesia. C 1. BMC 231. RIC 119. CBN 302. RPC 2224.
Rare. Two superb portraits of fine style and a lovely old cabinet tone, good very fine
Ex Glendining 15 November 1949, 68; Glendining 26 May 1959, 191; Bruun Rasmussen 764, 2006, 5700 and Ira & Larry Goldberg 60, 2010, 2360 sales.
Claudius was the first emperor after Augustus to issue significant cistophori from the eastern mints. The types are much less frequently seen than are the issues of Augustus. They also tend to be found with more wear. Of the Claudian types for this series this is my favorite issue - with jugate busts of Claudius and Agrippina. This is a particularly nice example for the issue. MSG.