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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    R.6445

  • Denomination

    • sestertius
  • Description

    Copper alloy coin.(obverse) Head of Nero, laureate, wearing aegis, right.
    (reverse) Bird's eye view of the harbour of Ostia. At the top, pharos surmounted by statue of Neptune left, holding sceptre in left hand; at the bottom, reclining figure of Tiber left, holding rudder in right hand and dolphin in left hand; to left, crescent-shaped pier with portico of fourteen pillars, terminating with figure sacrificing at altar before building; to right, crescent-shaped row of fourteen breakwaters or slips terminating with figure seated on rock; within the central harbour, seven ships (three left, one centre, three right).

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  • State

    • Roman Empire
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 64
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 29.84 grammes
    • Die-axis: 6 o'clock
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        AVGVSTI S POR OST C
  • Curator's comments

    The construction of the harbour, begun by Claudius, was completed under Nero.

  • Bibliography

    • RE1 132, p.222 bibliographic details
    • RIC1 178, p.162 (type) bibliographic details
    • PCR 422 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    R.6445

  • Additional IDs

    • HSBC.589 (Money Gallery Exhibited)
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • RE1p222.132
COMPASS Title: Bronze sestertius of Nero with harbour scene

Unknown

COMPASS Title: Bronze sestertius of Nero with harbour scene

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