Nero. 54-68 AD. Rome, 64-5 AD. AE Sestertius. Ex Berk BBS 130, 6 January 2003, lot 708

Ancient Coins - Nero. 54-68 AD. Rome, 64-5 AD. AE Sestertius. Ex Berk BBS 130, 6 January 2003, lot 708
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Nero. 54-68 AD. Rome, 64-5 AD. AE Sestertius, 32.11g (35mm, 7h). NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Bust laureate r., aegis with Medusa head on shoulders / ANNONA - AVGSTI- CERES around, SC in exergue, Annona standing r., placing r. hand on hip, holding with l. hand cornucopia with tip turned away from her; facing her is Ceres seated l., veiled, feet resting on footstool, holding wheat ears and torch; between them, modius resting on garlanded altar and stern of ship in background; on the strut between the legs of Ceres' throne a winged griffin standing l. facing the forepart of a second griffin standing r.

Pedigree: Ex Berk BBS 130, 6 January 2003, lot 708

Price: $6,000


This coin of Nero has a lovely reverse type of two goddesses but the political implications of it were of importance as well at the time. Both Annona and Ceres were goddesses of grain, agriculture and prosperity. This coin was struck at a time when Nero was attempting to politicize the importance of these virtues on the Roman people. It was also around this time that Nero’s world started to come crashing down when the senator Gaius Calpurnius Piso was attempting to overthrow Nero and succeed him as emperor. History shows that while Piso was not successful Nero eventually did commit suicide which brought an end to his reign plagued by insanity.


References: BM 127. RIC 137. C 14 (8 Fr.) var., MacDowall 119. Paris 278 var. (no aegis)

Grade: Beautiful, sharp portrait of Nero with rare reverse. EF

re1062


Price SKU: re1062
US$ 6,000.00
  • € 5,182.24
  • £ 4,554.05
  • AUD 8,129.90
  • CHF 5,978.75
  • CAD 7,979.62

Rates for: 06/20/18

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