NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMANI, Laureate head of Nero facing right
Victory, draped and advancing right, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left; ARME-NIA[C] across field
13.63mm, 1.6g, 12h
Rare, gF, nicely toned, tight flan, reverse off centre, cleaning scratches
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 399, Lot 765
BMCRE 406-408; RPC I 3644; RIC I 616; Sydenham Caesarea 81; SNG Copenhagen -
The reverse of this coin celebrates the victories of the general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo in the Roman–Parthian War (otherwise known as the War of the Armenian Succession ) of 58–63 AD.
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.