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Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Emperor Nero

A work made of billon.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of billon.




Roman, minted in Alexandria, Egypt

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays a bust of Emperor Nero, facing left, wearing a cuirass (military cloak). The date this coin was struck is indicated in the inscription ” LI ∆ ” (only the last letter is visible in this example), which means the fourteenth year of Nero’s reign, or 67-68 CE. Nero reigned as emperor from 54-68 CE.
The back (reverse) depicts the bust of the god Apollo of Actium, facing right, a quiver on his shoulder, and a star before. Nero’s fondness of music and the arts is demonstrated in this imperial type showing the god of these themes, Apollo.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Emperor Nero


Egypt (Artist's nationality)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

67 CE–68 CE




Obverse: [NEΡΩ K]ΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ A[V], LIΔ before Reverse: [AKTIOΣ] AΠOΛΛΩN


Diam.: 2.4 cm (1 in.)

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Gift of Robert L. Grover

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