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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 499

Nero. AD 54-68. Æ Sestertius (35.5mm, 27.87 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 64.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 499.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Roman Imperial, Coin-in-Hand Video, Bronze

Sold For $ 8 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Nero. AD 54-68. Æ Sestertius (35.5mm, 27.87 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 64. NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head left / S C across field, DECVRSIO in exergue, Nero, bareheaded, wearing cuirass, short tunic, and cloak floating behind him, on horse prancing left, carrying spear in rest in right hand; behind him, a soldier also on horseback left, carrying a vexillum in right hand, sloped over right shoulder. RIC I 166; WCN 115; BMCRE 152-3; BN –. EF, attractive brown and green patina. Fine style.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 72 (16 May 2013), lot 611 (hammer CHF 10,000).

Various theories have been proposed as to why some of Nero's late portraits show him sporting a scruffy "chin beard," as seen on this sestertius. Some have seen it as a nod to Hellenism, while others view it as a feeble attempt to hide his growing weight. The most likely explanation is that this is Nero's "beard of mourning" for the death of his daughter, Claudia Augusta, in mid-AD 63.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 19 May 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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