A Distinguished Collection of Roman Bronze Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (15 February 2017)
Date of Auction: 15th February 2017
Sold for £2,600
Estimate: £600 - £800
FootnoteProvenance: C.S. Bement Collection, Naville Auction VIII (Lucerne), 25-8 June 1924, lot 650; E.G. Spencer-Churchill Collection, Ars Classica Auction XIII (Lucerne), 27-9 June 1928, lot 1585; bt Spink after March 1930.
The Decursio was a military exercise and exhibition of equestrian skills instituted by Nero for the prætorian guard. Some coins show the horseman being led by a foot-soldier – a depiction hardly suitable for the portrayal of an emperor