Ancient Greek Coin - AR Tetradrachma (Roman Emperor Nero) - Circa (62/3 AD)

Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 12h)

Date:  Regnal Year 9 and Year 111 of the Caesarean Era (AD 62/3).

Mint: Rome

Description: Nero (AD 54-68).  NERΩN KAIΣAP Σ-EBAΣTOΣ, Obverse; laureate head of Nero right, aegis on back of neck / ETOYΣ-AIP•Θ, Obverse: eagle standing right on thunderbolt; palm branch and pellet before.

Grade: NGC Choice Fine (2119643-004)

History: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (/ˈnɪər/ NEER-oh; born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus; (15 December AD 37 – 9 June AD 68), was the fifth Roman emperor and final emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, reigning from AD 54 until his death in AD 68. He was adopted by the Roman emperor Claudius at the age of 13 and succeeded him on the throne.  Most Roman sources offer overwhelmingly negative assessments of his personality and reign. The historian Tacitus claims the Roman people thought him compulsive and corrupt. Suetonius says that many Romans believed that the Great Fire of Rome was instigated by Nero to clear land for his planned "Golden House". Tacitus claims that Nero seized Christians as scapegoats for the fire and had them burned alive, seemingly motivated not by public justice but by personal cruelty. Some modern historians question the reliability of the ancient sources on Nero's tyrannical acts, considering his popularity among the Roman commoners. In the eastern provinces of the Empire, a popular legend arose that Nero had not died and would return. Nero was popular with the members of his Praetorian Guard and lower-class commoners in Rome and its provinces, but he was deeply resented by the Roman aristocracy. Most contemporary sources describe him as tyrannical, self-indulgent, and debauched, and ended being declared a public enemy by the Roman Senate. After his death, at least three leaders of short-lived, failed rebellions presented themselves as "Nero reborn" to gain popular support.


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