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Nero

Nero Claudius Caesar
Augustus (AD 54-68)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Nero was the step-son of the Emperor Claudius, and his successor when Claudius died in 54 AD. Although Nero is best known for murdering his mother and step-brother, his attempts at acting and singing, and the burning of Rome, his early years proved to be model of restraint and good governance. However, when his advisors Burrus and Seneca fell from grace, Nero knew no restraint. Eventually the provinces began to revolt. The Governor of Spain, Galba, was the closest rebel, and marched on Rome in AD 68. Nero fled, and killed himself. His last words were believed to be: "Such an artist dies with me". Although his reign was scandalous to the senators and wealthy of Rome, he continued to be popular with the commoners of Rome throughout his reign


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Nero

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Coins of Nero currently available

Nero and Porcius Festus, Judaea
Bronze prutah issued AD 59-62.
Obv: KAICAPOC, Palm branch.
Rev: NEPⲰNOC, Wreath.
Good Fine   |   AUD $80.00
Nero and Porcius Festus, Judaea
Bronze prutah issued c. AD 60.
Obv: KAICAPOC, Palm branch.
Rev: NЄPꞶNOC, Inscription in three lines within wreath.
Good Fine   |   AUD $90.00
Nero, Cappadocia, Caesarea
Silver drachm issued AD 54.
Obv: NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERM, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG, Laureate head of Claudius right.
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $220.00
Nero
Silver denarius issued AD 66/67.
Obv: [IMP] NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, Diademed head facing right.
Rev: SALVS, Salus enthroned left.
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $420.00