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'What an artist dies in me'- Nero, 9 June 68 AD


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Nero died today 1954 years ago, ending the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

Let's remember him for what he actually wanted to be, an artist! 

Post your coins of Nero, better if you have one where he plays the lyre.

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Antioch, Syria
Nero Regnal year 8, Caesarian year 110, (AD 61/62)
AR Tetradrachm 25 mm x 14.05 grams
Obverse: NERWNOS KAISAROS SEBASTOU, Laureate bust right, wearing aegis.
Reverse: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, palm branch before, H/IP behind.
Ref: RPC4182
Ex: @Ancientnoob

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Finally an excuse to post this.  A Vindex countermark on a Nero As.   Vindex was a governor in Gaul who rebelled against Nero; Wikipedia has some info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaius_Julius_Vindex

Not especially rare, but usually out of my price range; this came from eBay with no description of the countermark and poor photos.  Unfortunately it was suffering from bronze disease, but after a lot of soaking and scratching, it seems to be semi-cured; I'm going to keep an eye on it.  Most of the green on the photo is the hard, non-powdery stuff:

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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 wereapplied 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

 A close-up of the countermark; it is mushy, but the QR is fairly clear: 

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Another scruffy one, but here is Nero playing the Lyre (or Apollo; there's some debate); this too suffered from BD, but I've had it a couple years now and it appears to not be deteriorating - I think it is possible it was sealed at some point so I hate messing with it:

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I always enjoy tossing Vindex into the lineup. He started the kill-off the of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty...

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RI
Civil War
VINDEX 68-69 CE
AR Denarius 3.22g
Gallic mint
SALVS GENERIS HVMANI Victory l globe -
SPQR in wreath
RIC 72 BMCRE 34-36 RSC 420


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RI
Civil War
Revolt of Vindex
CE 68-69
AR Denarius
ROMA RESTITVTA -
IVPITER LIBERATOR Jupiter seated r Tbolt Scepter
17mm 3.02g
RIC I 62 RSC 374

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I purchased this little provincial of Nero just last month!

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Nero, AD 54-68.
Roman provincial Æ 17.7 mm, 4.17 g, 1 h.
Lydia, Tralles, c. AD 60.
Obv: ΝΕΡⲰΝ ΚΑΙCΑΡ, bare head, right.
Rev: ΚΑΙC-ΑΡΕⲰΝ, bundle of four grain ears.
Refs: RPC I, 2657; BMC 22.345, 125-27; SNG Cop 692; RG 5426; SNG von Aulock --.

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My favorite mints are Lugdunum and Perinthus/the Balkan mint.  Most of my Neros are unphotographed.  I have a pretty nice entombed Alexandrian Tet, a birthday present.

Here's a couple of the more presentable ones with a dealer photo.

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NERO AE dupondius. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P, laureate head left. Reverse - SECVRITAS AVGVSTI, Securitas seated right, altar at feet, SC in exergue. RIC 519, RCV 1968

 

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NERO AE orichalcum sestertius. Struck at Lugdunum, 65 AD. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR IMP P P, laureate head right, globe at point of bust. Reverse - Roma seated left on cuirass & shields, S C at sides, ROMA in exergue. 36mm, 24.4g.

Like my moniker says, Nero's my favorite of Julio-Claudian cionage.

 

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Nero (as Apollo) with lyre, as requested! AE AS, RIC 210:

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And I finally feel like I can post this Nero denarius, which should be arriving within a week or two after having been lost for months.  I'll post it to encourage it to come more quickly:

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It shows Nero's Colossus on the reverse, which illustrates Nero's ego as an artist.  They always gave him the prize, of course... sometimes when he didn't even enter the competition! 😆 (The Colosseum was built right next to Nero's Colossus, which gave the building its name.)

Love that c/m @Marsyas Mike, and sure hope to see some of those Balkans coins, @Nerosmyfavorite68!

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Ar Denarius of Nero 60-61 AD Lugdunum Mint Obv  Head right bare Rv Roma In military attire standing right inscribing shield RIC 28 3.67 grms 18 mm Photo by W. Hansennerod12.jpg.6f363338471aaa8ad83d46a4d9969429.jpg

This is one of the earlier pre reform denarii minted for Nero. The reduction of the denarius from 98 % to 95% does not appear to predate the moving of the mint from Lugdunum to Rome.  A rather novel feature of this coin is the legend EX SC which seems to imply that the senate during this  period of Nero's reign had regained control of the minting of silver and gold coins. This arrangement also ended when the mint returned to Rome,

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Popular Nero design

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Nero AD 54-68. Rome
As Æ
RIC 351
Date Range: AD 62 - AD 68

IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM
Head of Nero, laureate, right
S C
Victory, winged, draped, moving left, holding in both hands shield inscribed S P Q R
27 mm., 8,45 g

My latest addition, a Caesarea hemidrachm

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(1.56g 14mm Silver) CAPPADOCIA, Caesaraea-Eusebia. Nero, 54-68. Hemidrachm 59-60.
Obv: (NERO CLAVD DIVI) CLAVD F CAESAR AVG (GERMANI), laureate head of Nero to right Rev: Victory seated right on globe, holding wreath in both hands.
BMC 409; RIC I Nero 617; RPC 3645

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1 hour ago, Dafydd said:

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NERO FACING RIGHT
VESTA
Temple of Vesta .
Celebrating Nero's rebuilding of the temple of Vesta in 65 AD

 

I don't want to be dull or ruin the fun, but did you have an expert take a look at this one? I think I see casting pearls and what looks like a seam, and it is a heavily faked type...

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Hello Nero lovers!

I got the following recently for the princely sum of a little over 100 bucks.

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I am not a Roman collector, but I thought it was a good price for the type, plus I am a huge Peter Ustinov fan, so there you go... It has been aggressively cleaned, but my untrained eye did not spot serious issues like tooling, what do you think?

Due too my inexperience with these, I know little about it.. It is 28 mm wide and 10.28 gr heavy. I don't think it is a sestertius, but not sure if it is a provincial either as it is in Latin. Any help attributing it would be appreciated 😃 

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55 minutes ago, Old Miser said:

Hello Nero lovers!

I got the following recently for the princely sum of a little over 100 bucks.

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I am not a Roman collector, but I thought it was a good price for the type, plus I am a huge Peter Ustinov fan, so there you go... It has been aggressively cleaned, but my untrained eye did not spot serious issues like tooling, what do you think?

Due too my inexperience with these, I know little about it.. It is 28 mm wide and 10.28 gr heavy. I don't think it is a sestertius, but not sure if it is a provincial either as it is in Latin. Any help attributing it would be appreciated 😃 

It’s an as. Nice.

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With all the good he spread, not sure he rests in peace....anyway, here he is

 

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Nero, Dupondius - Rome in 65 AD
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP PP, Radiate head of Nero right
ROMA in ex, SC in field, Roma seated left holding wreath and parazonium, , right foot on a helmet
13.06 gr
Ref : RCV #1966, Cohen #280

 

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I only collect Roman coins found in Britain, and it seems Nero's coins (like Claudius's coins) arrived after a lot of circulation.

Nero Denarius, 65

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Rome. Silver, 2.78g. Laureate bust right; NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS. VESTA above dome of hexastyle temple and with statue of Vesta inside (RIC I, 62). Found Norfolk.

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52 minutes ago, Prieure de Sion said:

My only Nero coin actually, an Tetradrachm from Antiochia ad Orontem.
Av: ΝΕΡΩΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ, Rv: H IP
Year 8 of the regnal year (61/62 AD) and year 110 of the caesarian era.
25mm, 14.72g, Prieur 82 (66 ex)

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Very nice @Prieure de Sion

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