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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Nero

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Nero
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by the emperor Nero in 60 or 61 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 facing to the right. The legend 'NERO CAESAR AVG IMP' identifies the emperor and his titles Caesar (now a title rather than a family name), Augustus, and Imperator (military commander).

The designs on coins of the Roman Republic were chosen by individual moneyers, who often commemorated their own families. Coins of the Empire, however, focussed on the emperor and his family. Almost all gold and silver coins feature the head of the emperor or his family on the obverse.

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