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Consistency on Ancient Coins

Constantia is the personification consistency (constancy, persistence, endurance). On Roman coinage, she is found only on coins struck under Claudius. A typical example of the fabricated propaganda on Roman coinage, consistency was a characteristic that Claudius lacked. His biographer Suctonius said of him, "In the faculties of reflection and discernment, his mind was remarkably variable and contrasted, he being sometimes circumspect and sagacious; at others inconsiderate and hasty, often frivolous and as though he were out of his wits."


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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The Roman curule chair was for senior magistrates including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. As a form of a throne, it might be given as an honor to foreign kings recognized formally as a friend (amicus) by the Roman people or senate. Designed for use by commanders in the field, the curule chair could be folded for easy transport. In Gaul, the Merovingian successors to Roman power employed the curule seat as an emblem of their right to dispense justice. Their Capetian successors also retained the iconic seat. The "Throne of Dagobert," of cast bronze retaining traces of gilding, is conserved in the BibliothŤque nationale de France. First mentioned in the 12th century, it was already a treasured relic on which the Frankish kings sat to receive the homage of their nobles after they had assumed power. The "Throne of Dagobert" was used for the coronation of Napoleon.Throne of Dagobert
RS28059. Silver denarius, RIC I 14, BMCRE I 13, RSC II 6, gVF, weight 3.502 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P, laureate head right; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia seated left on curule chair, draped, feet on stool, right hand raised; unusual iridescent plum toning; rare; SOLD


Antonia, Daughter of Mark Antony, Wife of Nero Drusus, Mother of Claudius, Grandmother of Caligula

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Antonia was the daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, the wife of Nero Drusus, the mother of Claudius, and a grandmother of Caligula. Renowned for her beauty and virtue, Antonia was revered by the Roman people. She was probably poisoned by Caligula or committed suicide. She never loved her son Claudius, calling him a monster and a fool, but he posthumously made her Augusta in 41 A.D. and issued all her coinage.
SH68887. Silver denarius, RIC I Claudius 66, BMCRE I Claudius 111, Cohen I 2, SRCV I 1900, F, toned, weight 3.717 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, struck under Claudius, c. 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse ANTONIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing barley wreath; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Antonia standing facing, draped as Constantia, long torch in right, cornucopia in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare (R2); SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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Constantia is the personification consistency. On Roman coinage, she is found only on coins struck under Claudius. A typical example of the fabricated propaganda on Roman coinage, consistency was a characteristic that Claudius lacked. His biographer Suctonius said of him, "In the faculties of reflection and discernment, his mind was remarkably variable and contrasted, he being sometimes circumspect and sagacious; at others inconsiderate and hasty, often frivolous and as though he were out of his wits."
SH66384. Copper as, RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857, VF, superb portrait, minor edge bump at 9:00, weight 11.801 g, maximum diameter 29.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia standing left, in helmet and chiton, raising right hand, spear vertical behind in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; ex Pegasi Auctions; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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Constantia is the personification consistency. On Roman coinage, she is found only on coins struck under Claudius. A typical example of the fabricated propaganda on Roman coinage, consistency was a characteristic that Claudius lacked. His biographer Suctonius said of him, "In the faculties of reflection and discernment, his mind was remarkably variable and contrasted, he being sometimes circumspect and sagacious; at others inconsiderate and hasty, often frivolous and as though he were out of his wits."
RB37280. Copper as, RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857, aVF, weight 10.841 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia in military dress, standing left, raising hand and holding spear, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Unofficial Imitative

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The light weight, lack of uniformity in the legends, and attractive but unusual style indicate this coin was not struck at the Rome mint. It may be entirely unofficial or may have been struck at a provincial mint, probably in Gaul or Hispania.
RB84432. Copper as, cf. RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857 (Rome mint, 41 - 50 A.D.), VF, nice portrait, tight flan, uneven strike, scratches, light corrosion, weight 7.824 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial or semiofficial provincial mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P [IMP P P?], bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia standing left, in helmet and military dress, raising hand, spear vertical in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across center; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Unofficial Imitative

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The light weight, lack of uniformity in the legends, and attractive but unusual style indicate this coin was not struck at the Rome mint. Many unofficial counterfeits or perhaps semi-offical local imitations were struck and cast in Gaul, especially during the reign of Claudius (up to 50% of the bronze Claudius coins found in some areas), apparently due to shortages of official coinage.
RB88318. Copper as, cf. RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857 (Rome mint, 41 - 50 A.D.), VF, uneven strike, reverse a little off center, porous, light corrosion, weight 11.025 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial or semiofficial provincial mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P [IMP P P?], bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia standing left, in helmet and military dress, raising hand, spear vertical in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across center; ex Ancient Imports (Marc Breitsprecher) (notes from an old German collection); SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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Constantia is the personification consistency. On Roman coinage, she is found only on coins struck under Claudius. A typical example of the fabricated propaganda on Roman coinage, consistency was a characteristic that Claudius lacked. His biographer Suctonius said of him, "In the faculties of reflection and discernment, his mind was remarkably variable and contrasted, he being sometimes circumspect and sagacious; at others inconsiderate and hasty, often frivolous and as though he were out of his wits."
RB08964. Copper as, RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857, aEF, weight 11.78 g, maximum diameter 29.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia in military dress, standing left, raising hand and holding spear, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; active corrosion will require treatment and climate control storage; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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Constantia is the personification consistency. On Roman coinage, she is found only on coins struck under Claudius. A typical example of the fabricated propaganda on Roman coinage, consistency was a characteristic that Claudius lacked. His biographer Suctonius said of him, "In the faculties of reflection and discernment, his mind was remarkably variable and contrasted, he being sometimes circumspect and sagacious; at others inconsiderate and hasty, often frivolous and as though he were out of his wits."
RB88240. Copper as, RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857, F, porous, grainy surfaces, light earthen deposits., weight 10.847 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome(?) mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia in military dress, standing left, raising right hand, vertical spear in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD








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