NERO

Caesar: 50-54 A.D.
Augustus: 54-68 A.D.



NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS CAESAR was born in 37 to Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Agrippina Jr. His mother married Claudius after Messalina's downfall in 48, and Claudius adopted Nero. He became Augustus on October 13, 54 upon Claudius' death. He reigned well under the advice of Seneca until he retired in 62 and the unprincipled Tigellinus became his advisor. Nero drifted into caring only for his artistic pursuits, and resentment built among serious-minded Romans until Galba, the Governor of Spain, rebelled in 68. Nero's support dissolved and he committed suicide on June 9, 68.(From MONETA, from www.numus.com)

 

 

The Denarii


Silver Denarius (16mm) Struck 64-65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS Laureate head right

Rev: IVPPITER CVSTOS Jupiter, bare to waist, seated left on throne, holding thunderbolt and long scepter

RIC 53, Sear 673, C.119, Van Meter 8      Harry Stewart Collection



Silver Denarius (18mm, 3.37gr) Struck 65-66 A.D in Rome

Obv: NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS Laureate head right

Rev: NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS Salus seated left on throne, holding patera in right hand, left arm resting at her side SALVS in exergue

RIC 60      Brett Telford Collection


Nero AR Denarius RIC 68

Silver Denarius (18mm, 3.294gr) Struck 54-68 A.D. in Rome

Obv: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PP Laureate head right

Rev: Roman eagle between two standards

RIC 68, BMC 107, C356    Pierre R Monney Collection



Silver Denarius (18mm, 3.20gr) Struck 64-65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS Laurel head right

Rev: VESTA Six column domed temple of Vesta with a figure of Vest inside

RIC 62, BMC 104 ,VM/85    Joe Mastrario Collection

 

The Sestertii


Orichalcum Sestertius (36mm, 26.53gr) Struck 65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P PP Nero's laureate head left

Rev: PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT Temple of Janus towards right, doors closed; S - C to right and left.

RIC 265, Cf Sear 1959, VM 20.     Mark Lehman Collection

 

The Dupondii


Orichalcum Dupondius (31mm) Struck 64-66 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Radiate bust right

Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI S C Victory flying left, right leg adv. rt. holding wreath, lt holding palm line over II in exergue

RIC 196,  Sear 1969,  BMC 214            Kevin Ingleston Collection



Orichalcum Dupondius (29mm, 12.31gr) Struck 64 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P Laureate head left.

Rev: VICTORIAE AVGVSTI S - C ; II in ex. Victory walking left holding wreath and palm.

RIC 199, Sear 1969, VM 28a.     Mark Lehman Collection



Orichalcum Dupondius (27.5mm, 12.45gr) Struck 67 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Radiate head right.

Rev: ROMA S - C Roma seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and resting arm on parazonium.

RIC 296, Sear 1966, VM 26 var.     Mark Lehman Collection

 

The Asses


Copper As (27mm, 10.12gr) Struck 65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CEASAR AVG GERM IMP Laureate head right.

Rev: PACE P R VBIQ PARTA IANUM CLVSIT S - C Temple of Janus, "right" view, with doors closed.

RIC 306, Sear 1974, VM 30.     Mark Lehman Collection



Copper As (29x27mm, 9.86gr) Struck 65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP Laureate head right.

Rev: S - C Victory alighting left holding shield inscribed: SPQR.

RIC 312, Sear 1976, VM 32a.     Mark Lehman Collection

 


Copper As (27.1mm, 10.25gr) Struck 65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP Laureate head left.

Rev: S C Victory standing left holding shield inscribed SPQR.

RIC 312, BMC 241, Sear 1976      Tom Mullally Collection



Copper As (28mm, 12.30gr) Struck 66 A.D. in Rome

Obv: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM Laureate head right.

Rev: S - C Victory flying left holding shield inscribed: SPQR.

RIC 351, BMC 246, Van Meter 32.     Glenn Aitelli Collection

 


Copper As (28mm, 9gr) Struck 65 A.D. in Lugdunum

Rev: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P Laureate head right with small globe at truncation of bust.

Obv: GENIO AVGVSTI S - C Genius of the emperor standing left sacrificing from patera over altar and holding cornucopia.

RIC 533, Sear 1972.     Mark Lehman Collection



Copper As (28mm, 8.04gr) Struck 64-67 A.D. in Lugdunum

Obv: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P Bare head right wth small globe at truncation of bust.

Rev: S - C Victory alighting left holding shield inscribed: SPQR.

RIC 543, VM 32 var     Mark Lehman Collection

 

The Fractions


Copper Quadrans (18.8mm, 3.35gr) Struck 54-65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CLAV CAE AVG GER Owl with wings spread, standing facing,on garlanded altar.

Rev: PM TR P IMP PP SC Olive branch

RIC 260, Cohen 185, Sear 1985      Tom Mullally Collection

 



Copper Quadrans (14.5mm, 1.54gr) Struck 65 A.D. in Rome

Obv: NERO CLAV CAE AVG GER Column surmounted by helmet, shield propped on right, transverse spear behind.

Rev: P M TR P IMP P P S - C  Olive branch

RIC 317, Cf. Sear 1984, VM 37      Mark Lehman Collection

The Provincial coins


Silver Didrachm (22mm, 7.1gr) Struck 63-64 A.D. in Caesarea

Obv: NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERM Laureate head of Nero right.

Rev: DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG
Laureate head of Claudius right..

RIC 613, RSC 1, Sear 2054     Bob Rinaldi Collection

 

Forgeries


Fantasy/Forgery of a Sestertius (35mm, 29.81gr) Possibly Struck in the 17th Century

Obv: N gamma gamma ISPAE SISPASTOR Bare-headed draped bust of Nero right, tooled lituus in field right.

Rev: Heavily tooled "Annona" reverse with many fantasy additions.

Similar to a Cavino      Mark Lehman Collection