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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.
In 46 A.D., after the death of the Thracian king Rhoemetalces III and after an unsuccessful anti-Roman revolt, the Thracian Kingdom was annexed by Claudius as the Roman province of Thracia. Perinthus was made the capital of Roman Thracia. All the Latin coins of Perinthus are rare. BMC does not list Perinthus mint, but identifies this type as "barbarous." RIC notes the existence of Balkan sestertii, dupondii and asses but does not catalog them.RB90366. Copper as, RPC I Supplement S-1760a, F, corrosion, light scratches, weight 8.452 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 315o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 63 - 9 Jun 68 A.D.; obverseNERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG, laureate head right; reverse Neptune standing half left, dolphin in right, long vertical trident in left, S - C flanking across field; very rare; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00
To celebrate his escape from the Pisonian conspiracy and assassination attempt in 65 A.D., Nero constructed a temple to Salus, the Roman goddess of health and safety, and honored her on the reverse of his coins.RS77349. Silver denarius, RIC I 71 (R), BMCRE I 98, RSC II 316, Mac Dowall WCN 66, BnF II 242, cf. SRCV I 1945 (obv leg, 66 - 67), F, well centered, toned, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.181 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 67 - 68 A.D.; obverse IMP NEROCAESAR AVG P P, laureate head right; reverseSalus seated left on facing high-back throne, patera in right hand, left hand at side, SALVS in exergue; rare; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00
Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Abdera, Thrace
In ancient Athens it was proverbial to ridicule Abdera by saying that the air in Abdera causes stupidity. But Abdera counted among its citizens the philosophers Democritus, Protagoras and Anaxarchus, historian and philosopher Hecataeus of Abdera, and the lyric poet Anacreon.SH68886. Bronze AE 22, RPC I 1730, Varbanov II 7 (R6), AMNG II 244, SNG Cop 382, SGICV 485, aVF, some corrosion, weight 4.523 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, 63 - 68 A.D.; obverse NEPΩNI KΛAY∆IΩ KAIΣAPI ΣEBAΣTOY, bare head of Nero left; reverse ΘEΩ AB∆HPEITAI, bare head of Augustus (or Claudius) left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; scarce; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00
The shield held by Victory is the golden shield that was dedicated to Augustus by the Senate and Roman People (S. P. Q. R.) in recognition of his classic, cardinal virtues. By placing the shield and Victory on his coin, Nero was claiming these same virtues were part of his regime. -- Roman History from Coins by Michael GrantRB76309. Copper as, RIC I 313, BMCRE I 245, Hunter I 94, Cohen I 289, BnF I 399 var. (head right), SRCV I 1976 var. (same), gF, dark green patina, weight 12.004 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 65 A.D.; obverseNEROCAESAR AVG GERM IMP, laureate head left; reverseVictory alighting left, wings open, shield inscribed S P Q R in right, left hand at waist, S - C across field below center; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00
Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Agathos Daimon or Agathodaemon (Greek: "noble spirit") was the daemon or presiding spirit of vineyards and grain-fields and a personal companion spirit, similar to the Roman genius, ensuring good luck, health and wisdom. Though he was little noted in Greek mythology, he was prominent in Greek folk religion. It was customary to drink or pour out a few drops of unmixed wine to honor him in every symposium or formal banquet. RX76832. Billontetradrachm, Dattari 269; RPC I 5260; Geissen 142, BMC Alexandria 171, Emmett 106 (R4), VF, scratches, a little rough, weight 10.775 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 59 - 60 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEBA ΓEP AYTO, laureate head right; reverse NEO AΓAΘ ∆AIM, Agathodaemon snake erect right, enfolds stalks of grain and poppy, date L S (year 6) right; scarcer in year 6; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00
Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
In ancient times, Alexandria was one of the world's most famous cities, known for its lighthouse (Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and its library (the largest in the ancient world). Founded around 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great, it was Egypt's capital for nearly a thousand years, until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 641 A.D.RX76578. Billontetradrachm, Dattari 204, Geissen 172, Milne 238, Kampmann-Ganschow 14.88, BMC Alexandria 163, RPC I 5289, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109, F, dark toning, edge spilt, small deposits, weight 12.403 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 65 - 28 Aug 66 A.D.; obverse NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AY, radiatebust right wearing aegis; reverse AYTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right wearing elephant-skin headdress, LIB (year 12) right; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00
Judaea, Antonius Felix, Roman Procurator Under Claudius and Nero, 52 - 60 A.D.
Minted by Antonius Felix, Roman Procurator of Judaea, 52 - 60 A.D., in the names of Nero and Britannicus Caesars, the stepson and son respectively of the emperor Claudius.JD66656. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1348, Meshorer TJC 340, SGICV 5626, gVF, flan flaw, weight 2.501 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 270o, Caesarea mint, 54 A.D.; obverse NEPW KΛAV KAICAP (NeroClaudiusCaesar), two oblong shields and two spears crossed; reverse BPIT (Britannicus), six-branched palm bearing two bunches of dates, L - I∆ / K-AI (year 14 of Caesar) flanking trunk; $105.00 SALE PRICE $95.00
Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Sardes, Lydia
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).RP67772. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 3002; BMC Lydia 120, SNG Cop 522 corr., F, weight 4.047 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, strategos Mindios, c. 59 - 62 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KAIΣAP, laureate head right; reverse EΠI MIN∆IOY CAP∆IANΩN (square C), bust of Herakles right with Nemean lion skin tied around neck; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00
Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia
This type was issued to celebrate Corbulo's Armenian conquest. Corbulo was honored by Nero as the man who had brought this "triumph" but his popularity and influence with the army made him a potential rival. Together with the involvement of his son-in-law Lucius Annius Vinicianus in a foiled plot against Nero in 66, Corbulo became suspect in the eyes of the emperor. In 67, while journeying in Greece, Nero ordered him to be executed; upon hearing of this, Corbulo committed suicide.RP70091. Silver hemidrachm, Sydenham Caesarea 81, RPC I 3644, RIC I 616, BMC Galatia -, VF, frosty surfaces, uneven toning, weight 1.309 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 0o, Cappadocia, Caesarea mint, c. 59 - 60 A.D.; obverseNEROCLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMANI, laureate head right; reverseVictory advancing right, raising wreath in right, palm frond over shoulder in left, ARME-NIAC flanking across field; rare; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00
To celebrate his escape from the Pisonian conspiracy and assassination attempt in 65 A.D., Nero constructed a temple to Salus, the Roman goddess of health and safety, and honored her on the reverse of his coins.RS77547. Silver denarius, RIC I 67, RSC II 318, BMCRE I 90, BnF II 237, Hunter I 30, SRCV I 1945, aF, toned, marks and scratches, weight 2.550 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 66 - 67 A.D.; obverseNEROCAESARAVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverseSalus enthroned left, patera in extended right hand, left elbow on throne, SALVS in exergue; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00
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