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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 65 or 66 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 'NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS' identifies the emperor and his titles of Caesar and Augustus.

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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