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Colossus of Nero – CNR Plate Coin


Nero. AD 54-68. AV Aureus (19.5mm, 7.29 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 64-65. NERO CAESAR, laureate head right / AVGVSTVS GERMANICVS, Nero, radiate and togate, standing facing, holding branch in right hand and globe surmounted by Victory in left. RIC I 46; Calicó 402; BMCRE 56-9; BN 202-5; Biaggi 221; CNR 9/5 (this coin, “Collezione privata”). Light reddish-orange tone, a few faint hairlines. Near EF.

Ex Triton V (5 December 2000), lot 468.

The reverse depicts Nero’s Colossus, a roughly 120-foot tall bronze statue of the emperor as Sol that was created by Zenodorus for the vestibule of the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, the massive palace constructed by Nero after the fire of AD 64. Its memory was retained in the popular name of the amphitheater constructed by the Flavians close to the site – the Colosseum.