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Topical Collection - Architecture: Arches


Nero, AE Orichalcum Sestertius, 66-68, Lugdunum
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P globe
Laureate head left
S C
View of triumphal arch, showing front and left hand sides, emperor in quadriga escorted by Victory on top of arch, remainder of arch decorated with statues of Pax, Mars and two soldiers
35mm x 37mm, 23.30g
RIC I, 500
Ex Matt Sersch - Portrait Collection

The globe at the base of the neck is indicative of the Lugdunum mint.

Sear Millennium 1962 describes this arch as 'one decreed by the Senate in 58AD to commemorate the Eastern victory of Cn. Domitius Corbulo and located on Capitoline Hill, but its exact site is uncertain'. Unfortunately, this arch no longer exists. Nero had him executed because he felt threatened by the generalís great popularity, and the fear that this act caused within the military leadership in part lead to its disaffection with the regime and eventual revolt.


Macrinus and Diadumenian, AE26 (Pentassarion), 217-218, Moesia Inferior-Markianopolis, Pontianus as Magistrate
AVT K OPEL CEVH MAKRIANOC K M OPEL ANTWNEINOC
Laureate head of Macrinus right, facing bare head of Diadumenian left
VP PONTIAN_OV MARKIANO_POLITW / N
Triumphal arch surmounted by four figures on pedestals
E in left field
25mm x 26mm
Price and Trell 85