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A worn but identifiable Nero


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As many of you are aware by now, my collecting interests are ecclectic to say the least. Condition is a long way second to having a coin of historical circulation, the thrill of holding something that was first done nearly 2000 years ago, and expanding my historical knowledge of the period of the coin in question. Plus, I am always looking for a bargain. When this one came up at only 70 Euros including postage, I just had to have it. The coin was actually much better than the VCoins dealers photo, in that it is recognisable as Nero and has his name clearly in the obverse legend.

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian Dyansty 54-68 AD AE As, Lugdunum mint. 66 AD. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P PP, bare head right, globe at point of bust / S-C to left and right of Victory flying left, holding shield inscribed SPQR. RIC 543; BMC 381; WCN 593; Cohen 302
28.5mm, 10.01gr

 

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I have 2 with this design, worse than yours, but I will refrain myself from complaining about their condition since the price was 4 euros for first (came in a lot)

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26,58 mm, 8,43 g. Nero 54-68 AD. Lugdunum, AD 63-68. Ӕ As.
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P, bare head right, with globe at point of bust / S-C, Victory flying left, holding shield inscribed S P Q R.
RIC I (second edition) Nero 473

... and 12 including fees for this good portrait but suffering from bad delamination 

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27 mm, 8,45g. Nero AD 54-68. Rome. Ӕ As, 62-68
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
RIC I (second edition) Nero 351

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Great post and superb coin, @expat!

I’m right there with you when you mention the thrill of holding an ancient coin. My wife tells me that whenever she sees me looking at my hand with that look,” as she describes it — I must be holding an ancient coin and taking a trip in my time machine of the mind.

 

Anyway, here are 2 of my favorite Nero coins — not so beautiful aesthetically, but breathtakingly awesome nonetheless.

 

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