NERO CONCORNIATE. 4th century A.D. New Year's Token (READ STORY).RRR

Ancient Coins - NERO CONCORNIATE. 4th century A.D. New Year's Token (READ STORY).RRR
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NERO CONCORNIATE. 4th century A.D. New Year's Token (READ STORY).RRR
CONTORNIATES were manufactured mainly in the fourth century AD as New Year's gifts intended to bring good fortune. The obverses often bear portraits of highly respected Greek and Roman rulers (e.g. Alexander the Great) or philosophers (e.g. Homer), whereas the reverses often show themes from mythology. In addition, there are various motifs such as successful charioteers or gladiators. The term contorniate is derived from the Italian word contorno (rim) and denotes the deep furrow on the edge of the medallion. As private persons generally could not afford the artistically manufactured contorniates, they often used old sestertii, generally bearing the portraits of "good" emperors, and hammered up the rim. So also the less wealthy citizens were able to give a "self-made" New Year's token to beloved persons.

 
CONCORNIATE. 4th century A.D. A.D. 350: AE 34 (24.8 g).
Nero. Sestertius, Rome mint, 63 AD.
NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM PM TR P IMP PP, laureate head left.
ADLOCVT COH beneath Nero, bare-headed and togate, standing
left with praetorian prefect (also bare-headed and togate)
on low platform on right, raising right hand in address to
three soldiers standing right in single file, of whom two
foremost carry standards; in the background, pillared
building below battlemented crescent-shaped structure.

RIC I 97; Sear 1951; BMC 126; WCN MacDowell 76. Scarce.
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