Nero bronze

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by JayAg47, Sep 22, 2023.

  1. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Just received this coin. I've been on the look for a nice imperial bust of Nero, I have a couple of tetradrachms but the busts are idealised. On my denarius it's worn, and a nice one is out of my budget, meanwhile even a corroded sestertius cost as much as a nice denarius! So the goldilocks seems to be his AS. I got it from a French ebay seller, who described it as 'joli portrait'. There seems to be some deposits on the reverse, which I'm gonna leave it for now. My two criteria were his name and bust should be clear.

    Obv: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P PP. Nero, bare head right.
    Rev: SC left and right in the field. Victory, draped, flying to the left, holds a shield inscribed SPQR. 10.2g

    Please share your fat Neros
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  3. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Exactly the same thought process. Recognisable portrait and his name visible were my only criteria for my one and only Nero. You and I seem to have chosen the same type of AS.
    Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian Dyansty 54-68 AD AE As, Lugdunum mint. 66 AD. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P PP, bare head right, globe at point of bust / S-C to left and right of Victory flying left, holding shield inscribed SPQR. RIC 543; BMC 381; WCN 593; Cohen 302
    28.5mm, 10.01gr
  4. Bing

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  5. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Well-Known Member

    Great coin JayAg47, especially the portrait. Nero although a fat pig had some of the most artistic coins of all the emperors. 5nARdWa2y6MgJSk4L86s9HgQm3PLNE (550x275).jpg 423_2.jpg 2015-01-07 01.07.50-19.jpg 20160822_165638.jpg 1525565734501-521232062.png
  6. Curtis

    Curtis Well-Known Member

    Great architectural types, @Ancient Aussie !!!

    My favorites are my provincial Nero portraits (Thessaly X2, Lydia, Phrygia, Alexandria, maybe some others). I've already showed them recently, so I'll stick here to just my one favorite with his classical cylindrical head-neck topped with a radiate crown (from Thessaly)...
    BCD Nero Thessaly Koinon Taurokathapsia Bronze ex-CNG EA 325.jpg
    It remains open to question whether that's actually him wrestling a bull on the back! (My other one from Thessaly shows him playing the lyre/kithara, so who knows...)

    Here's a rather unsatisfying As-Dupondius type -- but at least he's got the XXL jawneck:

    And a classic photo by Max Hirmer (from the little book by Franke-Hirmer, I forget if it's in their big one too, but in any case, this is the photo I photographed):

    My copy of the BOOK, NOT MY COIN:
    Nero Photo Hirmer-E.jpg
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