ANCIENT - Nero Sestertius!

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  1. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    My first of the Twelve Caesars!

    Nero (ruled 54-68 AD)
    AE Sestertius


    Struck 65 AD
    Laureate bust right.
    S - C in Field, ROMA in exergue
    Roma with parazonium and victory, seated left.
    34 mm, 26.53 g
    Extra: No Tooling or Smoothing, much better surfaces in hand

    I believe it is:

    Lugdunum Mint (Modern Lyon)
    RIC 398


    Roma Mint (Modern Rome)
    RIC 273

    This coin is the start of a collection of one coin per ruler, from Julius Caesar to Commodus..

    Historical Notes! (You're welcome Steve ;))

    The reign of Emperor Nero....
    Friend of the Commoners (who loved him) and Enemy of the Senators (who hated him)

    Specifically, 65 AD... The Year of the Consulship of Nerva and Vestinus.

    Rome was rebuilding after a massive fire in 64 AD, during which Nero was rumored to 'fiddle while Rome burned' (inaccurate)

    This year, Nero kills his pregnant wife, Poppea Sabina, with a kick to the stomach.

    Also, after a stage performance in which he appears and shocks the senatorial class considerably, Nero engaged in a series of reprisals against Seneca, Tigellinus, pro-republican senators, and anyone else he distrusts.

    Thanks! (You know who you are ;)... You can say if they want to)
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Outstanding start of the First Twelve. And bid too. Congrats:thumb:
  4. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    Must have set you back a bit. Nice pickup.
  5. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    34 mm

    That is a big piece of history. Thanks for the nice post.
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Excellent start. Great portrait.
  7. Gil-galad

    Gil-galad I AM SPARTACUS

    Excellent coin!!

    I'm pretty sure I know where you got that coin from. I saw it on sale recently.
  8. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    Thanks All!

    Exactly why I got it :D

    I wanted something big that fit one of the four collections I was aiming for and had some history behind it...

    Hard to find a good fit, but this one is great :D


    My most expensive ancient, but worth it ;)

    PM me where...

    Thanks :D
  9. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Hot-diggity-dawg!! => that coin rocks!!


    => oh, and thanks for the Ruler-info, my wise & young friend (yup, it's always nice getting a wee slice of info)

    Ummm, so that's Number-1 of Twelve (a sweet-n-huge Sestertius) ... curious, are they all gonna be big bronze babies, or do you have any set-rules on your collection yet?

    => keep-up the fantastic work => you're rockin' this joint!! (oh, but don't forget to go outside every now and then, ride your bike, and chase some chicks!!)

  10. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Hey gang => curious, I know that there aren't really any set-rules on collecting the 12-Caesars and/or collecting any coins, "but" what actually "counts" in most people's books as a "credit"?

    ... ummm, for instance, does my crocodile with Augustus & Agrippa count as an Augustus-credit? .... ummm, or does my Augustus quadran count? (it doesn't have a bust of anybody on it!!)

    => just askin'

  11. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    Forgetting something Steve?

    I wrote it from memory...

    This year is of major importance in the History of Nero...

    Each metal represented once (Julius to Commodus).

    Depending on the ruler, I will chose the metal.

    I haven't finished yet, but will post when I decide on the metals for each ruler.
  12. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    For my set, only the croc would count (as a 'bonus' piece)

    It's supposed to be Roman Imperial Coins with a bust.
  13. RaceBannon

    RaceBannon Member

    Wow! That is one sharp looking coin. Well done Wind Child.
  14. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    I'd say as long as it has a prominent bust of them, imperial or provincial, it would count (except for Julius Caesar, any coin of him would fill his slot in my collection). At least, that's how I've set up my 12 Caesars. For example, my Augustus from Julia Traducta, I consider it as fulfilling my Augustus slot.
  15. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

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    Traditional wisdom attributes coins with a ball on the point of the bust to Lyon and those without it to Rome. I do not own a Lyon sestertius but show a dupondius here. I also show my only Nero sestertius which is not as nice as yours.
  16. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    ahahaha => yes sorry, I did forget that you sent me that e-mail a week ago (your coin is even more cool than you described!!)

    ... ummm, did you find out if you were accepted into that engineering course?

  17. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    BOOM! that's a very cool coin....nice one WC.
  18. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I think any goal you set would be fine. In my case, my goal was to obtain a silver denarius of each of the 12. But you could just as easily have any metal, provincial or whatever.

    BTW, the "bid" was suppose to be "big". Sorry about that.
  19. Gil-galad

    Gil-galad I AM SPARTACUS

    My goal is to collect every Roman Imperial ruler I can find, including Caesars, wives, children, friends, etc.
  20. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nothing wrong with that Gil, but you could have a sub-collection goal as well. i.e., the 12 Caesars, the Five Good Emperors, etc.
  21. Rudi Smits

    Rudi Smits Member

    That is one great Nero ! I wonder who sold it :p
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