And Gold Aureus from the Reign of Nero
Are a Staple of Any Important Collection
Nero Claudius Caesar (37-68 A.D.) is perhaps the most infamous of Rome’s emperors, who ruled Rome from 54 A.D. until his death by suicide 14 years later in 68 A.D. Nero is remembered as the cruel and dissolute tyrant who blamed the Christians for the burning of Rome, although Romans believed that he caused the “Great Fire of Rome” to clear land for his new palace. Nero had a passion for music that led to the legendary rumor that Nero was playing the fiddle while Ancient Rome burned in 64 A.D. (A myth that’s rebuffed by history, given that fiddles didn’t exist in his era.)
Nero is one of the best known of the Roman Emperors. He was a cruel Caesar, yet, Rome flourished during his reign. The first five years of his reign were looked upon as a “Golden Age of Wise, Moderate Government.” Nero negotiated peace treaties and kept a period of steady growth in place for Rome. However, after his death by suicide in 68 A.D, the Roman Empire was plunged into a civil war in one of its darkest periods, known as the “Year of the Four Emperors,” the first Roman civil war since Mark Antony’s death in 30 BC.
Nero was extremely narcissistic, and issued Gold Aureus coins with portraits in his likeness to identify him as Caesar. The obverse became a mirror of the ruler’s current self-image. The reverse was often used to communicate the ruler’s accomplishments or intentions.
From Latin, aureus (“golden”), the Aureus was the standard Gold coin of Ancient Rome, and was equal to 25 Silver Denarii. These attractive gold aureus coins depict a lifelike and detailed portrait of Emperor Nero. Portraits of Nero on gold Aureus coins are especially expressive and diverse, ranging from youthful portraits showing Nero in the early years of his reign, to more mature portraits of Nero through the end of his 14 year reign.
Ancient Roman Gold coins of the 12 Caesars are vastly popular, especially the coins of Nero. His name is widely recognized and he is perhaps one of the most famous people to ever walk the face of the earth. The mass appeal of the gold coins of Nero have a very bright future indeed. These gorgeous gold aureus coins were each individually hand-struck almost 2,000 years ago, during the reign of the emperor Nero. These Nero Caesar Gold Aureus coins are artifacts of ancient world history, with no two coins appearing exactly alike.
Monaco recently acquired a small group of exceptional examples of these historical and valuable gold Aureus minted during the reign of Nero. Don’t miss this opportunity to acquire one or more of these valuable gold coins of the Roman Empire portraying one of the most popular and infamous of the 12 Caesars… Nero.