Drusus as the defeater of the Germanic peoples
Lot 62
Nero Claudius Drusus, died 9 BC. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.74 g, 5 h), Lugdunum, struck under Claudius, circa 41-42. NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP Laureate head of Nero Claudius Drusus to left. Rev. DE GERMANIS Two oblong Germanic shields, two trumpets and two pairs of spears crossed, in front of upright vexillum with waving flag. BMC 104. Calicó 317b. Cohen 5. RIC 73. The left obverse field somewhat smoothed and with a small test cut on the edge, otherwise, about extremely fine.


From the Birger Bentsen Collection of ancient gold coins and the Kurt Hainz Collection, Hess-Divo 336, 27-28 May 2019, 73 and ex Künker 104, 27 September 2005, 462 (with collector's ticket).

When Octavian fell in love with Livia in 39 BC, she was pregnant by her first husband Tiberius Claudius Nero, who agreed to divorce her to please his master. Drusus was born in early 38 BC, just months after Octavian had married his mother, and he and his older brother Tiberius grew up in their stepfather's household. As they came of age, Octavian - now Augustus - gradually started entrusting his stepsons with important duties, and when the Roman army launched a series of offensives against Barbarian tribes in central and northern Germany in 12-9 BC, it was Drusus who led the charge. The young general proved to be an able commander, for he defeated the enemies in several battles and pushed deep into their heartlands. In 9 BC, the Romans reached the Albis (Elbe), but to the great grief of his stepfather Augustus, Drusus died in the march returning home after injuring himself by falling from his horse. The body of the young general was picked up in Germany by his brother Tiberius, whom Augustus did not favor but who would eventually become the successor of the aging emperor in 14 AD. No coins were struck for Drusus during his lifetime, but his son Claudius struck a commemorative series in his father's name after his accession to the throne in 41 AD. The present aureus praises Drusus as the defeater of the Germanic peoples and thus attempts to confer some of the great general's glory to his son, who was often belittled because of his stammering and his congenital deformities.
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