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Sestertius of Nero Drusus

Bronze sestertius, 35mm, 26.58gm, issued AD 41/42. Rome mint.

Obv: NERO CLAVDIVS DRVS[VS GERM]ANICVS IMP, Bare head facing left.

Rev: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG (S[C] in ex.), Claudius sitting on throne holding and olive branch assortment of arms below.

References: Sear 1896, RIC 93.

Nero Drusus played an important role in the Julio-Claudian family. He was both the brother of the Emperor Tiberius and the father of the Emperor Claudius. Drusus was, like his brother, a military general that was situated in Gaul along the Rhine, and had fought in numerous campaigns against the Germanic tribes. Nero Drusus had died in 9 BC after falling from his horse whilst returning from an advance against the barbarians at Elbe.

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