64/65 AD (regnal year 11)
NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP, Bust of Nero, radiate, aegis on left shoulder, facing right
AY-TOKPA, Eagle standing left, palm over far wing; in left field, LIA (regnal year 11)
24.75mm, 12.5g, 12h
VF, well centred, attractive cabinet toning, smooth surfaces
From the Eng Collection, ex JAZ Numismatics (7 December 2017)
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. During Nero's reign, the debasement of Alexandrian coinage followed that of the Roman denarius after the great fire of 64 AD. A large number of billon tetradrachms were minted to replace the existing currency. The silver which was recovered through this process was returned to Rome to mint denarii to fund building programs.