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).
- Roman Empire
- Minted in: Rome
- (Europe,Italy,Lazio,Rome (province),Rome)
- Weight: 29.84 grammes
- Die-axis: 6 o'clock
Inscription ContentNERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
Inscription ContentAVGVSTI S POR OST C
The construction of the harbour, begun by Claudius, was completed under Nero.
3 September 1996
The coin has been stripped it has a waxy covering and there is also much dirt adhering to the surface.
Cleaned with white spirit followed by acetone. Manually picked out any extraneous matter and lightly brushed with a soft bristle brush.
- Topographic representation of: Ostia
Coins & Medals
- HSBC.589 (Money Gallery Exhibited)
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Object reference number: CGR101924
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