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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1942.176.124
People
Nero, Roman (r. 54 - 68 CE)
Title
Sestertius of Nero, Rome
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
62-68 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Rome (Latium)
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman Imperial
Location
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Metal
AE
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
27.02 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
sestertius
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P
  • Reverse Inscription: S C
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
RIC I 2, 148 p. 161; BMC 188-189
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The George Davis Chase Collection of Roman Coins, Gift of George Davis Chase, Professor of Classics and Dean of Graduate Study at the University of Maine
Accession Year
1942
Object Number
1942.176.124
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obverse: Laureate head of Nero l.; around.
Reverse: Triumphal arch, hung with wreath across front and l. side; above, the emperor in facing quadriga escorted on r. by Victory holding wreath and palm and on l. by Pax holding caduceus and cornucopiae; just below the quadriga on extreme l. and r., two small figures of soldiers; on l. side of arch in niche, figure of Mars standing facing, r. hand holding spear, l. round shield; ornamental reliefs on the faces and plinths of the arch.
Publication History

Ethan Lasser, ed., The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), p. 127, Plate 63 (contents of cabinet); p. 128, Plate 64b; p. 196, Fig. 5 in Whitney Barlow Robles's "Flatness"

Exhibition History

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2017 - 12/31/2017

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