Lugdunum (Lyon) mint
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, Laureate head of Nero right, globe at point of neck
VICTORIA - [AVGVSTI] Victory draped, advancing left, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left; S-C in left and right fields
30.20mm, 13.24 g, 7h
VF, brown-green surfaces, evidence of patina and surface restoration, particularly on reverse
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 399, Lot 475
A budget priced Nero Dupondius. This coin has been discounted due to the coin showing signs of restorative work to the patina and surfaces, particularly noticeable on the reverse. Despite this it is a pleasing coin overall and a welcome entry into any collection.
Possibly the most infamous of the Roman Emperors, Nero ruled Rome from 54 AD until his death by his own hand in 68 AD. From murdering his mother and other political opponents to (according to rumour) starting the great fires of Rome, the stories about his reign paint a picture of a tyrannical and impulsive Emperor that the people of Rome were glad to see gone. Victoria (Victory) on the reverse of this coin is the personification of the goddess of victory. She is the equivalent of Nike, the Greek goddess who is often seen in the hand of Athena on ancient Greek coins.