Ancient - A Confusing Nero

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  1. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    Nero
    Reduced module Orichalcum As

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    64 A.D
    Rome mint
    NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
    Laureate head right
    GENIO AVGVSTI
    S - C
    Genius standing left, nude to the waist, sacrificing from patera in right over altar at feet on left, cornucopia in right
    I in exergue
    22 mm
    RIC I 219

    This coin is either an Ancient Counterfeit or an Official coin, but I cannot tell which.

    This coin was given to me while I was at the ANA Summer Seminar.
     
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  3. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    If this is an as the exergue letter should be an I not T. Dupondii had II.
    re1100b01985lg.jpg
     
  4. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    That has been Edited in...


    What is your opinion on the origin (official or not) of this coin?
     
  5. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    From Forvm, Doug Smith

     
  6. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Windchild, I cannot offer you too much help regarding the authenticity of your coin ... sorry, my young friend ...

    Ummm, but I should comment that your coin looks quite a bit like a Ritz-cracker ... oh, but a "genuine" Ritz-cracker!!

    Nero AEAs.jpg Ritz Crackers.jpg ;)
     
  7. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    Thanks Doug,

    This coin is an official mint issue, of a rather rare issue.


    I'm going to add some addition description to this coin here.


    Reduced module Orichalcum As
    -> An early bronze issue for Nero who did not strike bronze during the first years of his reign. Under Nero, the mint produced brass asses on a weight standard of one-half a dupondius. The letter I denotes one as, while II appears on dupondii equal to two asses and S appears on the semis. The experiment of the brass as was not continued by his successors, though some issued the 3g brass semis and Trajan and Hadrian produced brass 4g 1/3 and 8g 2/3 dupondius coins in the East. [From a Forvm listing]
    64 A.D
    -> July 19th, half of Rome burns during the Great Fire of Rome.
    -> Nero blames the Christians
    -> The 'Second Wave' of Persecution of the Christians by the Romans start
    NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
    -> Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Pontifex Maximus Tribunicia Potestas Imperator Pater Patriae
    “Caesar Augustus Nero Claudius, High Priest and Ruler of Rome and Germania, Supreme Commander of the armies of Rome, the father of his country, leader of the Triumvirate for as long as he shall live.” [from PDF by Ancient Coins for Education]

    I in exergue
    -> Denomination mark of 1 [more above with Doug's post]

    RIC I 219
    -> R2 (11-15 recorded by RIC 1 in 1984)
     
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