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Nero, 54-68 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Uncertain Mint, AR Tetradrachm, Divus Claudius, struck c. 63-68 AD

325.00 AUD

Origin:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, uncertain mint. Possibly Caesarea in Cappadocia for Syria
Authority:
Nero
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 63-68 AD
Obverse:
NERO CLAVD [DIVI C]LAVD F CAE[SAR AVG GER], Head of Nero, laureate, facing right
Reverse:
DIVOS CLAVD AVG G[ERMANIC PATER AVG], Head of Divus Claudius, laureate, facing right
Size:
26.39mm, 13.55g, 12h
Grade:
VF, reverse double struck, toned, slight roughness
Provenance:
ex Leu Numismatik AG Web Auction 2 (3 December 2017), Lot 522
Reference:
RPC I 4122; Prieur 47A; McAlee 271; SNG Copenhagen 178 (Caesarea); Butcher p. 69 5 var. (symbol); Sydenham Caesarea 64-65 var. (same); BMC Galatia [Antioch] p. 172, 171-173 var. (same); SGICV 640 (same)
The style and latin legends of these tetradrachms distinguishes them from the well known tetradrachms struck in the Antiochian mints of Syria. Sydenham attributes them to a Caesarean mint in Cappadocia. Butcher proposes that these tetradrachms were minted in Caeesarea for use in Syria. 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.
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