Naville Numismatics Ltd. > Auction 87Auction date: 11 February 2024
Lot number: 497

Price realized: 650 GBP   (Approx. 819 USD / 761 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Galba, 68-69 Denarius Tarraco (?) 68, AR 19.00 mm., 3.63 g.
SER GALBA – IMPERATOR Laureate head r., globe at point of bust. Rev. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARVM Concordia, draped, standing l. and holding branch and cornucopiae. C 34. BMC 217. RIC 49. CBN 49.

Very rare. Minor scuff on obverse, otherwise Extremely fine

Starting price: 300 GBP

Match 1:
Naville Numismatics Ltd. > Auction 87Auction date: 11 February 2024
Lot number: 495

Price realized: 550 GBP   (Approx. 693 USD / 644 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Nero, 54-68 Denarius Rome circa 64-65, AR 19.00 mm., 3.18 g.
NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS Laureate head r. Rev. Roma seated l. on cuirass, holding Victory in r. hand and parazonium in l.; in exergue, ROMA. C 258. BMC 83. RIC 55. CBN 224.

A finely detailed portrait of masterly style. Fully centred, minor marks and flan crack at 8 o'clock on reverse, otherwise About Extremely fine

The last of the Julio-Claudians, Nero is not only one of the most well-known Roman emperors due principally to the writings of the ancient historians, Suetonius and Tacitus, but one of the most maligned. Born in A.D. 37 to Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, a thoroughly despicable character from an ancient noble family, and Agrippina II, the daughter of Germanicus and a sister of the emperor Caligula, Nero inherited the throne in A.D. 54 after his adoptive father, the emperor Claudius, was murdered. According to Suetonius, after Nero's birth when Ahenobarbus' friends came to congratulate him, he replied that any child born to him and Agrippina would have a detestable nature and become a public danger. Initially showing signs of becoming an enlightened ruler, Nero soon gave in to his desires for the arts and lost any concern for administration. His reign saw two serious disturbances, the revolt of the Iceni under Queen Boudicca in Britain and Parthian involvement in Armenia, as well as a great fire in Rome. The latter was attributed to the small Christian community, whom Nero persecuted severely. After the city had burned, instead of allowing the inhabitants to rebuild, Nero began construction of a grandiose palace complex, the Domus Aurea, which if it had not been for his ingenious revaluation of the currency, probably would have bankrupted the Empire. During A.D. 66-68, Nero was in Greece displaying his artistic talents in the major games, where he of course 'won' many accolades and awards, when he was urgently recalled to Rome. The situation in the capital had deteriorated due to a severe food shortage and the tyranny of Nero's praetorian prefect who had replaced Burrus, Gaius Ofonius Tigellinus, and after his arrival tensions escalated even further. First, Gaius Julius Vindex, the governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, rose in open revolt with the support of Galba in Spain, and after he was defeated by the Rhine legions, they refused to show further loyalty to Nero. With Galba on the march and the legions refusing to interfere, the Praetorian Guard deserted Nero and the Senate condemned him to death by flogging. Despairing at this turn of events, Nero took his own life, thus ending the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

Starting price: 300 GBP

Match 2:
Naville Numismatics Ltd. > Auction 88Auction date: 7 April 2024
Lot number: 404

Price realized: 360 GBP   (Approx. 454 USD / 420 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Nero, 54-68 Denarius Rome circa 64-65, AR 19.00 mm., 3.35 g.
NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS Laureate head r. Rev. Roma seated l. on cuirass, holding Victory in r. hand and parazonium in l.; in exergue, ROMA. C 258. BMC 83. RIC 55. CBN 224.

Old cabinet tone, traces of double striking and surface somewhat porous, otherwise About Extremely fine

The last of the Julio-Claudians, Nero is not only one of the most well-known Roman emperors due principally to the writings of the ancient historians, Suetonius and Tacitus, but one of the most maligned. Born in A.D. 37 to Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, a thoroughly despicable character from an ancient noble family, and Agrippina II, the daughter of Germanicus and a sister of the emperor Caligula, Nero inherited the throne in A.D. 54 after his adoptive father, the emperor Claudius, was murdered. According to Suetonius, after Nero's birth when Ahenobarbus' friends came to congratulate him, he replied that any child born to him and Agrippina would have a detestable nature and become a public danger. Initially showing signs of becoming an enlightened ruler, Nero soon gave in to his desires for the arts and lost any concern for administration. His reign saw two serious disturbances, the revolt of the Iceni under Queen Boudicca in Britain and Parthian involvement in Armenia, as well as a great fire in Rome. The latter was attributed to the small Christian community, whom Nero persecuted severely. After the city had burned, instead of allowing the inhabitants to rebuild, Nero began construction of a grandiose palace complex, the Domus Aurea, which if it had not been for his ingenious revaluation of the currency, probably would have bankrupted the Empire. During A.D. 66-68, Nero was in Greece displaying his artistic talents in the major games, where he of course 'won' many accolades and awards, when he was urgently recalled to Rome. The situation in the capital had deteriorated due to a severe food shortage and the tyranny of Nero's praetorian prefect who had replaced Burrus, Gaius Ofonius Tigellinus, and after his arrival tensions escalated even further. First, Gaius Julius Vindex, the governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, rose in open revolt with the support of Galba in Spain, and after he was defeated by the Rhine legions, they refused to show further loyalty to Nero. With Galba on the march and the legions refusing to interfere, the Praetorian Guard deserted Nero and the Senate condemned him to death by flogging. Despairing at this turn of events, Nero took his own life, thus ending the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

Starting price: 150 GBP

Match 3:
Naville Numismatics Ltd. > Auction 87Auction date: 11 February 2024
Lot number: 498

Price realized: 750 GBP   (Approx. 945 USD / 878 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Otho, 15 January – mid April 69 Denarius Rome 69, AR 18.00 mm., 3.31 g.
IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P Bare head r. Rev. SECV – RI – TAS P R Securitas standing l., holding wreath and sceptre. C 17. BMC 18. RIC 8. CBN 10.

Rare. Old cabinet tone. Portrait of fine style, minor marks, otherwise About Extremely fine / Good very fine

Starting price: 600 GBP

Match 4:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 29Auction date: 24 February 2024
Lot number: 1878

Price realized: 1,100 CHF   (Approx. 1,249 USD / 1,154 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Nero, 54-68. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 29 mm, 15.20 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, circa 64. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Radiate head of Nero to right, small globe at point of bust. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI / S - C / II Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond in her left. BMC -. CBN 57. Cohen 349. RIC 379. WCN 495. A lovely example with a bold portrait and an attractive dark green patina. Minor smoothing and with very light roughness on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.


Ex Leu 13, 27 May 2023, 258 and from the Aes Augustorum Collection, formed since the late 1990s.

Starting price: 250 CHF

Match 5:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 28Auction date: 9 December 2023
Lot number: 3368

Price realized: 300 CHF   (Approx. 341 USD / 317 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Galba, 68-69. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.28 g, 6 h), Spain (Tarraco?), April - late 68. GALBA IMPERATOR Laureate head of Galba to right, globe at point of bust. Rev. VIRTVS Virtus standing left, holding Victory in her outstretched right hand and parazonium in her left hand. BMC 194 var. (IMP instead of IMPERATOR). Cohen 210. RIC 30 var. (IMP instead of IMPERATOR). Nicely toned. The edges lightly chipped, otherwise, about very fine.


From a Dutch collection, ex Aureo & Calicó 367, 2 June 2021, 2080 and from the Galba Collection, Hess-Divo 333, 30 November 2017, 100, ex UBS 49, 11 September 2000, 365.

Starting price: 75 CHF