AE As. 9.6g, 27.3mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 65
REF: RIC 313; BMCRE 245.
OBVERSE: NERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP, laureate head left.
REVERSE: Victory flying left, wings open, holding shield inscribed S P Q R; S-C in fields.
Fine. Nice portrait. Well-centered with complete legends. Slightly rough surfaces. Better in hand.
Ex Professor James Seaver Collection
Professor James E. Seaver (1918-2011) was a collector and enthusiast whose academic specialty was late Roman history. He taught ancient history at the University of Kansas and was the head of its Western Civilization program for over 20 years.
One of Rome's most well-known and infamous emperors, Nero inherited the throne at the age of seventeen when his stepfather, Claudius, was poisoned by his wife and Nero's mother, Agrippina. Nero is often characterized as a debauched, gluttonous tyrant, responsible for the murders of his mother, stepbrother, and wife, as well as the executions of numerous senators and political rivals. He began persecuting Christians, having them burned alive in his garden, and he is also said to have sang while the city of Rome was consumed in a great fire that Nero himself had started. After thirteen years of rule, Nero faced a major rebellion of the governors Gaul and Spain in AD 68. In Rome, he was abandoned by the Praetorian Guard, and confronted by rumours that a hostile Senate had declared him an enemy of the state and ordered his execution, he committed suicide.
NERO . AD 54-68 . AE As . Victory . Ex Prof James Seaver Collection
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