Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Nero

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Nero.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Nero

This silver coin was minted in Rome by the emperor Nero around 67 or 68 AD. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has the head of Nero wearing a laurel wreath and facing to the right. The legend 'IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P P' identifies Nero and lists some of his titles. The coin is rather worn.

In 63 AD Nero reformed the coinage system. He reduced the weights of the gold aureus and silver denarius, and debased the content of the silver coinage. This brought some funds to the government and stabilised prices which had risen over the previous century.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-595-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10466
Date: 67 - 68
Minted around 67 or 68 AD
Material: Silver; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P P; laureate head to right / Rev. SA LVS in field, to left and right of Salus seated left, holding patera
Dimensions: 17.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC (revised edition) 72
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Nero
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Nero, Rome, c AD 67 - 68
  • Sutherland, C.H.V. The Roman Imperial Coinage. From 31 BC to AD 69. Vol. 1, revised ed. London: Spink and Son Ltd, 1984. 
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