Reverse: Ships, lighthouse, and river god (Tiber ?) within Port of Ostia

Obverse: Bust of Nero

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Context: Rome
Material: Bronze
Denomination: Sestertius
Issuing Authority: Roman Senate
Actual Weight: 26.55 g.
Date: exact 64 AD - exact 66 AD
Dimensions: 34 mm.
Region: Latium
Period: Julio-Claudian


Obverse Type: Within a dotted circle, a birds-eye view of the port of Ostia, surrounded by walls. Eight ships are shown within, as is a lighthouse surmounted by a statue of Neptune. At the bottom appears the bearded personification of the Tiber river (or Portus, the harbor?), reclining and holding an oar and a dolphin.

Donor: The Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Commentary: Imperial sestertius

Sources Used: Perkins Collection 1902, 100, 14; Cohen 1880-1892, 1, Neron no. 38; BMCRE I, 223; Vermeule 1978, 84-5, 193, 300, fig. 88