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 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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Online ID: 000-180-001-639-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10465
Date: 65 - 66
Minted in 65 or 66 AD
Material: Silver; generally slight wear. Inscription: Obv. NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS; laureate head to right / Rev. SALVS in exergue; Salus seated left, holding patera
Dimensions: 19.00 x 16.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC (revised edition) 60
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Nero
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Nero, Rome, c AD 65 - 66
  • 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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