NERO CLA[VD DIVI CLAVD F CAE]SAR AVG GERMANI, Laureate head of Nero facing right
Victory, draped, seated right on globe, holding wreath in both hands
15.04mm, 1.8g, 12h
gVF, nicely toned, high relief, some porosity
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 399, Lot 765; ex Numismatik Naumann (formerly Gitbud & Naumann) Auction 45, Lot 568
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. 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.