Nero, 54-68 AD, Ae As, Victory, struck c. 65 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Nero
City/Region:
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint
Denomination:
Ae As
Composition:
Copper
Date:
circa 65 AD
Obverse:
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TRP IMP PP, Bare head of Nero left, globe at point of neck
Reverse:
Victory draped, advancing left, holding in both hands shield inscribed SPQR; S-C in left and right fields
Size:
29.35mm, 8.6g, 6h
Grade:
Choice aEF, fine style, boldly struck from fresh dies, well centred, clear legends, re-patinated surfaces
Rarity:
Rare
Provenance:
ex Solidus Numismatik e.K. Premium Auction 20 (21 Oct 2017), Lot 141
References:
BMC I 380; RIC I 478; WCN 579; Cohen 293

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The left facing Nero is a much rarer variant of these types.

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.