Coin Catalogue

Clodius Macer 68 A.D

Clodius Macer was an opportunist who took advantage of a revolt following Nero’s death and the power struggle that ensued. He gambled that by appropriating northern Africa, Rome’s food supply, he would strongarm the senate into accepting him as the next Augustus. Instead, Galba’s fortunes improved and he consolidated power instead. Galba then suppressed Macer’s small army and had him executed. Curiously, he stands alone in the long roster of men who usurped the throne but not the imperial title.
All of Macer’s coins are exceedingly rare. In fact, there are only about 85 known to date, only 20 of which bear his portrait.


AR Denarius

RIC 20, C 2 Denarius Obv: LCLODMACRI – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and patera; S C across fields.
Rev: MACRIANALIBAVG – Legionary eagle, vexillum on either side; LEG I across lower fields. 68 (Carthage?). $6,070 11/22/99.

RIC 39, C 13b Denarius Obv: LCLODIVSMACER Exe: SC – Bare head right.
Rev: PROPRA/AFRICA – Galley sailing right. 68 (Carthage?). $26,000 1/16/02.

Unlisted RIC, C 9 Denarius Obv: ROMA Exe: SC – Roma helmeted head right.
Rev: LCLODIMACRI – Trophy. 68 (Carthage?). $6,598 11/22/99.

Unlisted Denarius Obv: LCLODMACRI Exe: SC – Lion head right.
Rev: LIBAVG – Legionary eagle, vexillum on either side; LEG III across lower fields. 68 (Carthage?). $22,169 11/22/99.

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