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Roman Imperial: Nero (54-68 AD)


Nero, AR Denarius, 64-65, Rome
NERO CAESAR-AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right
IVPPITER-CVSTOS
Jupiter, bare to waist, seated left on throne, thunderbolt in right hand, scepter in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.45g
RIC I, 53 (R)


Nero, AR Denarius, 64-65, Rome
NERO CAESAR-AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right
(No legend)
Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory in right hand, parazonium by side, right foot on helmet; round and oblong shields with greaves behind
ROMA in exergue
16mm x 17mm, 3.03g
RIC I, 55 (R)


Nero, AR Denarius, 65-66, Rome
NERO CAESAR-AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right
(No legend)
Salus, draped, seated left on throne, patera in right hand, left arm on throne
SALVS in exergue
16mm x 18mm, 3.31g
RIC I, 60 (R)


Nero, AR Denarius Fourree, 65-66, Rome
NERO CAESAR-AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right
VESTA
Round, domed, hexastyle temple of Vesta with four steps, Vesta, draped, seated facing, head left, patera in right hand, long scepter in left within
16mm x 18mm, 2.38g
RIC I, 62 (R for authentic)

Nero commissioned the rebuilding of the Temple of Vesta, which was destroyed in the fire of 64 AD.


Nero, AR Denarius, 67-68, Rome
IMP NERO CAESAR-AVG P P
Laureate head right
(No legend)
Aquila right, between two vexilla
17mm x 19mm, 3.04g
RIC I, 68 (R2)


Nero, AE Quadrans, c.63, Issue II, Rome
NERO CLA_V CAESAR AVG GER
Helmet right, on column, against which leans round shield with gorgoneion design, transverse spear behind
PON M TR-P IMP P P
Upright olive branch
14mm x 15mm, 2.37g
RIC I, 129 (S)


Nero, AE As, c.66, Issue V, Rome
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM
Laureate head right
(No legend)
Victory flying left, hitching skirt with left hand, shield inscribed SPQR in right
S | C across fields
26mm x 28mm, 8.49g
RIC I, 351 (C)
Ex Keith Emmett Collection; Ex Wayne Phillips, January 1998


Nero, AE Semis, Issue II, c.65, Lugdunum
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS
Bare head right, globe at point of bust
PONTIF MA-TR P IMP P P
Roma seated left on cuirass, left arm leaning on helmet set on shield, wreath upward in right
SC in exergue
21mm x 22mm, 5.31g
RIC I, 426 (R2)

Consignor notes: Fine/VG. Porosity, but very decent in hand. Indicated as R2 in RIC.


Nero, Orichalcum Dupondius, 54-66, Lugdunum
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
Laureate head left, globe at point of bust
SECVRITAS-AVGVSTI
Securitas, bare to waist, seated right on throne, resting head on right hand, scepter in left, garlanded and lit altar in front of her, against which leans lighted torch resting on bucranium
S | C across fields
28mm x 29mm, 11.59g
RIC I, 446 (C)


Nero, AE As, c.65, Lugdunum
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
Bare head left, globe at point of bust
(No legend)
Victory flying left, hitching skirt with left hand, shield inscribed SPQR in right
S | C across fields
29mm, 10.77g
RIC I, 478 (C)
Ex Jencek Ancient Coins and Antiquities, 2000


Nero, AE Orichalcum Sestertius, 66-68, Lugdunum
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P globe
Laureate head left
S C
View of triumphal arch, showing front and left hand sides, emperor in quadriga escorted by Victory on top of arch, remainder of arch decorated with statues of Pax, Mars and two soldiers
35mm x 37mm, 23.30g
RIC I, 500
Ex Matt Sersch - Portrait Collection

The globe at the base of the neck is indicative of the Lugdunum mint.

Sear Millennium 1962 describes this arch as 'one decreed by the Senate in 58AD to commemorate the Eastern victory of Cn. Domitius Corbulo and located on Capitoline Hill, but its exact site is uncertain'. Unfortunately, this arch no longer exists. Nero had him executed because he felt threatened by the general’s great popularity, and the fear that this act caused within the military leadership in part lead to its disaffection with the regime and eventual revolt.


Nero, AE Semis, Issue IV, c.66, Lugdunum
IMP • NERO • CAESAR • AVG •
Bare head left, globe at point of bust, oval countermark of a scaled shield in right field
PONTIF MAX-TR POT P P
Roma seated left on cuirass, parazonium in left hand, arm leaning on helmet set on shield, wreath upward in right
S C in exergue
19mm x 21mm, 4.82g
RIC I, 551 (S)

Consignor notes: Fine/VG. Mottled green patina. Extremely eye appealing in hand.


Nero and Divus Claudius, AR Hemidrachm, c.59-60 (?), Group III, Cappadocia-Caesarea
NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMANI
Laureate head of youthful Nero right
ARME | NIAC
Victory advancing right, wreath upward in right hand, palm in left over shoulder
13mm x 14mm, 1.70g
RIC I, 616 (R); BMC 406

Note: Issue celebrating Corbulo's Armenian conquest.


Nero and Divus Claudius, AR Hemidrachm, c.59-60 (?), Group III, Cappadocia-Caesarea
NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMANI
Laureate head of youthful Nero right
(No legend)
Victory, nude to waist, standing right, right foot on globe, inscribing round shield resting on right knee
13mm x 14mm, 1.30g
RIC I, 618 (R3)

Note: Issue celebrating Corbulo's Armenian conquest.


Nero and Divus Claudius, AR Didrachm, c.63-64, Group IV, Cappadocia-Caesarea
NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMANI
Laureate head of heavier and more mature portrait of Nero right
DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG
Laureate head of Divus Claudius right
20mm x 22mm, 7.17g
RIC I, 620 (R2); Sydenham Caesarea 68; BMC 415