Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Nero (under Claudius)

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Nero (under Claudius)

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Nero, the step-son and heir of the emperor Claudius, between 50 and 54 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 bare head of Nero looking to the right. The legend 'NERO CLAVD CAES DRVSVS GERM PRINC IVVENT' identifies Nero and his title of Princeps Iuventutis, which showed his official status as heir apparent.

The emperor Claudius married his niece Agrippina in 49 AD, and was persuaded to name her son Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus as heir over his own son. Lucius took the name Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus on his adoption, as noted on this coin.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-631-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10459
Date: 50 - 54
Minted between 50 and 54 AD
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. NERO CLAVD CAES DRVSVS GERM PRINC IVVENT; draped, bare-headed bust of Nero to right / Rev. SAC [ERD C] OOPT IN OMN CONL . SVPRA NVM EX S C; on left, simpulum above tripod; on right, lit
Dimensions: 18.50 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin Type: RIC (revised edition) 77
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Claudius (in name of Nero)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Claudius, in name of Nero, Rome, AD 50 - 54
  • 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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