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521283
521283. SOLD $5250

Nero Claudius Drusus. Died 9 BC. AV Aureus (19mm, 7.68 g, 5h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck under Claudius, AD 41-42. NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, head left, wearing oak wreath / DE GE R MA NIS, vexillum upright, with flag waving; in front, two oblong hexagonal shields, two pairs of spears, and two trumpets in saltire. RIC I 73 (Claudius); von Kaenel Type 13, 238 (V188/R189); Lyon 24/7a (Claudius; D99/R111); Calicó 317d (same dies as illustration); BMCRE 105 (Claudius; same dies); BN 7-8; Biaggi 182; Jameson 34; Mazzini 5. Minor surface and edge marks, traces of deposits. Good Fine. Well centered.


From the Provence Collection.

Nero Claudius Drusus was the second son of Livia by her first husband, Tiberius Claudius Nero. He was brought up in the household of Augustus, who took note of his abilities and fast-tracked his advancement in military and civil affairs. 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 conquest of Germany, which he seemed to have achieved in four skilfully waged campaigns over the next three years. His letters written during this time (later excerpted by Suetonius) indicated he hoped for a restoration of the Republic, an attitude which might have strained relations with Augustus. 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 aureus honoring his illustrious father in 41-42 BC.