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E-auction 519-433795 - bpv_824253 - NERO Tétradrachme

NERO Tétradrachme VF
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Estimate : 40 €
Price : 20 €
Maximum bid : 35 €
End of the sale : 27 March 2023 15:05:00
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 12
Mint name / Town : Alexandrie, Égypte
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 150 ‰
Diameter : 24 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 12,95 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré. Bustes agréables. Usure importante. Patine foncée


Obverse description : Tête radiée de Néron à droite avec l’égide (O4).
Obverse legend : NERW KLAU K-AIS SEB GER (Nerw KlaudioV Kaisar SebastoV GermanikoV).
Obverse translation : (Néron Claude César auguste germanique).


Reverse legend : LIB.
Reverse description : Buste d’Alexandrie coiffée de la peau d’éléphant à droite.
Reverse legend : AUTO-KRA (AutokratoV).
Reverse translation : (empereur an 12).


Rubans de type 3. Ce type n’a été frappé que pour l’an 12 (65/66) et ne sera pas repris ensuite.

Historical background




Nero is certainly one of the best-known emperors, thanks to Tacitus and Suetonius, but also one of the most decried. He is the last representative of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Son of Agrippina, Claudius' second wife, and Cneius Domitius Ahenobarbus, he was born in 37. He descends from both Augustus through his mother and Julie through his maternal grandfather, Germanicus. After the assassination of Claude by Agrippina with the help of Locuste in 54, aged 17, he began his reign under good auspices. Aided by Seneca, his tutor, and Burrus, prefect of the Praetorium, he governed intelligently with the Senate. He married Octavie, daughter of Claudius and Messalina. Octavie's brother, Britannicus, dies under mysterious conditions in AD 55 (poisoned?). After the "quinquennum aureum" (54-59), the emperor had or allowed his mother to be murdered. The last nine years of the reign will destabilize the principate.

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