The Roman Empire
Estimate: 2'000 CHF
Starting price: 1'600 CHF
Price realized: 1'600 CHF
In the name of Nero Claudius Drusus, father of Germanicus
Sestertius circa 41-50 and later (?), Æ 30.27 g. NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP Bare head l. Rev. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP Claudius, bare-headed and togate, seated l. on curule chair, holding branch in r. hand; around various weapons and armour; in exergue, S – C. C 8. BMC Claudius 157. RIC Claudius 93. CBN Claudius 125.
A very interesting portrait and a lovely green patina, good very fine Illustrated on www.romancoins.info, section imagines imperatorum.
Nero Claudius Drusus (Drusus major) was the brother of Tiberius and father of Germanicus and the later emperor Claudius. He died after a riding accident near the German river Elbe. All Roman coins depicting his portrait were minted under his son Claudius. As seen from his varying portrait types, it would appear these sestertii were struck in different mints, some in Rome and others in auxiliary mints likely in Gaul and/or Spain.
This coin has a very interesting portrait that, in my view, is of a western mint. AMP.