Lugdunum (Lyon) mint
circa 65 AD
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TRP IMP PP, Bare head of Nero left, globe at point of neck
Victory draped, advancing left, holding in both hands shield inscribed SPQR; S-C in left and right fields
29.35mm, 8.6g, 6h
Choice aEF, fine style, boldly struck from fresh dies, well centred, clear legends, re-patinated surfaces
ex Solidus Numismatik e.K. Premium Auction 20 (21 Oct 2017), Lot 141
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.