The Roman Empire
Estimate: 7'500 CHF
Starting price: 6'000 CHF
Price realized: 12'000 CHF
Nero augustus, 54 – 68
Sestertius circa 64, Æ 27.08.g NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Laureate head r., with aegis on l. shoulder. Rev. AVG - VSTI Bird’s eye view of the harbour of Ostia. At the top pharos surmounted by statue of Neptune, holding sceptre; at bottom, reclining figure of Tiber l., holding rudder and dolphin; below, S POR OST C. To l. crescent shaped pier with portico. To r., crescent-shaped row of breakwaters. In the centre, seven ships. C 37. BMC 131. RIC 178. CBN 300.
Very rare and a fine specimen of this desirable and prestigious issue. Perfectly centred
on a full flan and with a finely detailed reverse composition, brownish-black
patina. A very pleasant good very fine Ex NAC 4, 1991, 326 and NAC 25, 2003, 382 sales. Illustrated on www.romancoins.info, section imagines imperatorum.
A very detailed and beautiful representation of the port of Ostia. AMP.