Nero Aureus / NGC AU Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5 Fine Style
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Rv. Colossus of Nero as Sol-Apollo
Roman Empire. Nero (AD 54-68) Gold – Aureus
NGC AU Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5 Fine Style – NGC Census: 22 Graded AU / 9 finer
Did He Burn Rome to the Ground?
A Tyrant Known for His Unmatched Cruelty and Extravagance.
The legend of Nero playing the fiddle during the burning of Rome is refuted historically given the fiddle did not exist in his era, but is a great metaphor for many Romans’ beliefs that he caused the “Great Fire of Rome” that brought the city to its knees in order to clear land for his palace, the Domus Aurea. The adopted son of Claudius, he is known for his unmatched cruelty, often having Christians dipped in oil and burned alive in his garden for light in the dark hours of the night. He began the First Roman-Jewish War that ultimately destroyed the Second Temple of Jerusalem. His suicide in 68 AD plunged the Empire into a dark period known as the Year of the Four Emperors.
Nero was extremely narcissistic and had his coinage struck vastly throughout the Empire, making copper, silver, and gold coins of his reign among the most available of the Twelve Caesars. Even so, they are always in high demand due to his infamy. This particular version is especially in demand, as it depicts an approximately 120 foot statue Nero as Sol, the Sun God, created to stand in the vestibule of the Domus Aurea, the Golden House, a palace Nero had built after the great fire of Rome destroyed the city
12 Caesars, Roman Empire
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