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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1942.176.125
People
Nero, Roman (r. 54 - 68 CE)
Title
Sestertius of Nero with bird's-eye view of the harbor of Ostia, Rome
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
64 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Rome (Latium)
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman Imperial
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Metal
AE
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
26.79 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
sestertius
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: obverse: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP PP
  • Obverse Inscription: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
  • Reverse Inscription: AVGVSTI S POR OST C
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
RIC I 2, 181 p. 162
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
1942.176.125
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Laureate bust of Nero r., wearing aegis; around, NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P.
Rev.: Bird's-eye view of the harbor of Ostia. At the top, pharos surmounted by statue of Neptune l., l. hand holding scepter; at the bottom, reclining figure of TIber l., r. hand holding rudder, l. hand dolphin; to l., crescent-shaped pier with portico of varying length, terminating with figure sacrificing at altar and with building; to r., crescent-shaped row of breakwaters or slips, top end terminating with figure seated on rock; within the central harbor, six ships. Above, AVGVSTI; below, S POR OST C.
Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Coins

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