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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.

Date:

67-68

Artist:

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

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Emperor Nero

Origin

Egypt

Date

67 CE–68 CE

Medium

Billon

Dimensions

Diam. 2.4 cm; 12.83 g

Credit Line

Gift of Robert L. Grover

Reference Number

1979.1089

Extended information about this artwork

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