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Two years ago—at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic...

       ...I thought that it would be a good idea to sell off all of my Roman coins and use the money to enhance other areas of my Biblical/Judaean collection.

            I came to regret the decision and vowed to restore and surpass the collection that I had sold.

               My recent Nero denarius marks the point at which I’ve achieved my goal.

 

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Excellent denarius. I like the others too.
I think your next Nero should be an Alexandria tetradrachm (at least this is what I would hunt).
I am still searching for a Nero denarius. But as many collectors know, getting a denarius with good details is an issue because of the prices. For the moment my best Nero portrait is on this As, the bad news is that the coin suffered a major exfoliation. A pity.

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A very impressive collection of Neros in a short period of time - congratulations, @LONGINUS

My latest Nero is not pretty at all, but it has a kind of interesting history - a Vindex rebellion countermark (I have since worked on the the bronze disease that afflicts it; the photo was how I received it):

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Nero / Vindex Rebellion    Æ As (62-68 A.D.) (C/M March-June 68 A.D.) Lugdunum Mint NER[O C]L[AVD CAESA]R AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P  bare head right, globe at neck / S C, Victory winged moving left, holding shield inscribed SPQR. RIC I 477; WCN 574; Lyon 150. (9.95 grams / 28 x 27 mm) eBay May 2022 Countermark: SPQR in rectangular punch (5 x 3 mm) Pangerl 26 or 27. "...these countermarks were applied by Gallic rebels circa 68 A.D., under the command of rebel governor Gaius Julius Vindex (who) swore allegiance to Galba... Interestingly, all of these civil war countermarks appear in the same location, directly across Nero's neck." Vcoins Incitatus listing

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24 minutes ago, Marsyas Mike said:

A very impressive collection of Neros in a short period of time - congratulations, @LONGINUS

My latest Nero is not pretty at all, but it has a kind of interesting history - a Vindex rebellion countermark (I have since worked on the the bronze disease that afflicts it; the photo was how I received it):

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Nero / Vindex Rebellion    Æ As (62-68 A.D.) (C/M March-June 68 A.D.) Lugdunum Mint NER[O C]L[AVD CAESA]R AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P  bare head right, globe at neck / S C, Victory winged moving left, holding shield inscribed SPQR. RIC I 477; WCN 574; Lyon 150. (9.95 grams / 28 x 27 mm) eBay May 2022 Countermark: SPQR in rectangular punch (5 x 3 mm) Pangerl 26 or 27. "...these countermarks were applied by Gallic rebels circa 68 A.D., under the command of rebel governor Gaius Julius Vindex (who) swore allegiance to Galba... Interestingly, all of these civil war countermarks appear in the same location, directly across Nero's neck." Vcoins Incitatus listing

It’s beautiful ! The coin has gone to a good home @Marsyas Mike

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Nero Ar Tetradrachm Antioch 62-63 AD  Obv Head right laureate Rv Eagle standing right on thunderbolt wings open Prieur 89 RPC 4189 14.83 grms 25 mm Photo by W. Hansen

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33 minutes ago, kapphnwn said:

Nero Ar Tetradrachm Antioch 62-63 AD  Obv Head right laureate Rv Eagle standing right on thunderbolt wings open Prieur 89 RPC 4189 14.83 grms 25 mm Photo by W. Hansen

antnero3.jpg.fe4462847768ced08bd02dbca7faa2ba.jpgSome postulate that this particular issue may have been minted at Alexandria but to the standard of Antioch. 

 

Great coin, here is mine

 

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4 hours ago, ambr0zie said:

I think your next Nero should be an Alexandria tetradrachm (at least this is what I would hunt).

A person selecting to go for an Alexandrian of Nero has several choices to make but few would select the one I like best.  I'll show a few without saying which TYPE I would prefer (not which coin so condition is not a factor.  There are several others which I do not own including several that are really good.  

First is very early in the reign year 3 with a snake.

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Second is part of the series with reverse heads of earlier emperors.  This is Tiberius.

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Last is his (pregnant) wife Poppaea who is best known for having died from a kick from Nero. 

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Which I prefer is not important.  Which would you prefer? Most people would take the Augustus or the ship, neither of which I have. 

 

IMO, the best coin to represent Nero is his sestertius with the Temple of Janus honoring peace across the entire Empire that was ended by the revolt in Judaea which required Nero to send Vespasian to put down the 'problem'.  I do not have the sestertius but Nero was kind to those of us on a budget and also issued an as with the type. 

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3 hours ago, dougsmit said:

Which I prefer is not important.  Which would you prefer? Most people would take the Augustus or the ship, neither of which I have. 

You have just posted 2 coins on my wish list - the Nero and Poppaea from Alexandria (since I try to gather as many empresses as I can, this type would be perfect to illustrate Poppaea) and the imperial Janus temple type. I would settle with the As (had some attempts but I didn't feel the price was decent for what was offered).

Since you gave a hint, I think your favorite is the one with the snake.

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Some more from Alexandria

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Nero
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: NEΡΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ AΥ LIΔ, radiate bust left wearing aegis; L IΔ below year 14 (67/68)
Rev.: HΡA AΡΓEIA, veiled bust of Hera Argeia right, wearing stephane, star in front
Billon, 12.21g, 23x23.5mm
Ref.: Milne 297, Curtis 126, RPC I 5315, BMC Alexandria 133, Geissen 200

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Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Dated RY 13 (66/7)
Obv.: NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AV / L IΓ, Radiate bust left
Rev.: ΣEBAΣTOΦOPOΣ, Ship sailing right.
Billon, 12.07g, 24mm
Ref.: RPC I 5296

 

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Nero
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP, Radiate bust right
Rev.: ΠOΠΠAIA ΣEBAΣTH, L IΓ=year 13 (66/67), Draped bust of Poppaea right
Billon, 12.28g, 24mm
Ref.: Geissen 168

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13 hours ago, LONGINUS said:

Two years ago—at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic...

       ...I thought that it would be a good idea to sell off all of my Roman coins and use the money to enhance other areas of my Biblical/Judaean collection.

            I came to regret the decision and vowed to restore and surpass the collection that I had sold.

               My recent Nero denarius marks the point at which I’ve achieved my goal.

 

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D. Ray, Nice score on the denarius ☺️! The portrait die was finely engraved & the coin shows little wear. The Antioch Tet & the dated Caesarea Maritima provincials are excellent examples too 😉. I've posted my favorite Nero Tet many times so I won't post that one again, but I will post 3 Nero Tets that I sold at auction in the past along with the prices realized.

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1-30-2012, $417.45

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4-30-2012, $805.00

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1-16-2018, $1,920.00

 

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Roman Egypt, Alexandria. Nero, with Tiberius, AD 54-68. Billon Tetradrachm (24mm, 13.04g, 12h). Dated RY 13 (AD 66/67). Obv: NEPΩ ΚΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP; Radiate bust of Nero left, wearing Aegis; L-IΓ (date) before. Rev: TIBEPIOΣ KAIΣAP; Laureate head of Tiberius right. Ref: Köln 187-9; Dattari (Savio) 185; K&G 14.101; RPC I 5295; Emmett 134.13. Nice Very Fine, pleasant dark toning. Ex CNG eAuction 285 (22 Aug 2012), Lot 246.

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