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Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

Nero became emperor after his stepfather, the emperor Claudius, died (Claudius was probably poisoned by Nero's mother Agrippina II). At first Nero ruled well, guided by his mentors Seneca and Burrus, but soon his reign degenerated into the debauchery and murder for which he is infamous. He had his mother, Burrus, Britannicus, and numerous senators and members of the nobility murdered or executed. Legend says he kicked Poppaea, his pregnant wife, to death. He was the first emperor to persecute Christians, blaming them for the Great Fire in 64 A.D. Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D after generals in Africa, Gaul and Spain all rebelled, and the Praetorian Guard in Rome deserted him.


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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"But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" - Acts 25:9-12
BB75458. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, F, green patina, earthen fill, corrosion, weight 2.169 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $25.00 (€21.75)
 


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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"But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" - Acts 25:9-12
JD74713. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, VF, reverse 1/4 off center, weight 2.344 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, Jerusalem mint, 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $30.00 (€26.10)
 


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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JD74830. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, F, nice patina, tight flan, weight 2.781 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 58 - 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $38.00 (€33.06)
 


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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"But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" - Acts 25:9-12
JD75344. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, F, porous, uneven strike, weight 1.530 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $27.00 (€23.49)
 


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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"But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" - Acts 25:9-12
JD75343. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, VF, green patina, centered but uneven strike on a tight flan, weight 1.923 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $38.00 (€33.06)
 


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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"But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" - Acts 25:9-12
JD75352. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, VF, weight 1.947 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $40.00 (€34.80)
 


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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"But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" - Acts 25:9-12
JD75339. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, aVF, highlighting earthen fill, reverse a little off center, weight 2.168 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $36.00 (€31.32)
 


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Sardes, Lydia

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Sardis was the capital of the Kingdom of Lydia, an important city of the Persian Empire, a Roman proconsul seat, and in later Roman and Byzantine times the metropolis of the province Lydia. In the Book of Revelation, Sardis, one of the Seven Churches of Asia, is admonished to be watchful and to strengthen since their works haven't been perfect before God. (Revelation 3:1-6).
RP74375. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 3002; BMC Lydia p. 253, 120; SNG Cop 523; SNGvA 3146, SNG München -, aVF, weight 3.732 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, strategos Mindios, c. 59 - 62 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KAICAP, laureate head right; reverse CAP∆IANΩN EΠI MIN∆IOY CAP∆IANΩN (square C's), bust of Herakles right with Nemean lion skin tied around neck; $75.00 (€65.25)
 


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The Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace was commissioned by the Roman Senate on 4 July 13 B.C. to honor the triumphal return of Augustus from Hispania and Gaul, and consecrated by the Senate on 30 January 9 B.C. to celebrate the peace established in the Empire after Augustus' victories. The first fragmentary sculptures were rediscovered in 1568 beneath the basilica San Lorenzo in Lucina. In 1938, excavation was completed, fragments were recovered from a number of owners, and the altar was restored and installed in its own pavilion. Today, the Ara Pacis is in a museum which opened in 2006.
SH73965. Bronze as, RIC I 526 (C); Mac Dowall WCN 598, Cohen I 29, BMCRE I 364, SRCV I -, Hunter I -, BnF II -, VF, well centered, porous, weight 10.225 g, maximum diameter 29.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P M TR POT P P, bare head right, globe at point of neck truncation; reverse Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace) altar enclosure with central narrow double door, S - C flanking across field, ARA PACIS in exergue; ex Freeman & Sear, Mail Bid Sale 13 (25 Aug 2006), lot 430; rare; $440.00 (€382.80)
 


Judaea, Porcius Festus, Roman Procurator under Nero, 59 - 62 A.D.

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"But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" - Acts 25:9-12
JD74699. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1351, Meshorer TJC 345, aF, both sides off center, weight 2.244 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, 59 A.D.; obverse NEP/WNO/C (Nero) in wreath tied at the bottom with an X; reverse KAICAPO (Caesar) and date LE (year 5), palm frond; $12.00 (€10.44)
 










OBVERSE LEGENDS

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IMPNEROCAESARAVGPONTMAXTRPOTPP
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IMPNEROCAESARAVGVSTVS
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NEROCLAVDDIVICLAVDFCAESARAVGGERMANI
NEROCLAVDIVSCAESARAVGGERMA
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