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

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

 CONCORNIATE. 4th century A.D. A.D. 350: AE 34 (23.2 g). Nero AE Sestertius. Lugdunum Mint. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust / Nero & soldier riding right, S C in fields, DECVRSIO in ex. Cohen 84C.

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.

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