Ancient Rome Nero As (Fakes are possible)  54AD to 68AD
Ancient Rome Nero As (Fakes are possible) 54AD to 68AD

Nero (his Latin title was Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) was Roman Emperor from 54 to 68AD. According to Wikipedia, Nero focused much of his attention on diplomacy, trade, and enhancing the cultural life of the Empire. He ordered theaters built and promoted athletic games. In 64, most of Rome was destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome, which many Romans believed Nero himself had started.

Copper coins with inscription IMP NERO CAESAR AVG MAX TR PPP were minted in Gaul (France). There is also a well-known counterfeit coin with that inscription (see below). Genuine coins come in three denominations:

AS: 25 mm diameter, 10 to 13 grams
DUPONDIUS: 20 mm diamter, 10 to 11 grams
SESTERTIUS: 25 to 29 mm diameter, 18 to 25 grams

The coin in our main picture is an as which weighs 11.1 gram and has Victory flying on the back. It sold for 800 Swiss francs (about $830 US dollars) in a 2013 auction by Numismatica Ars Classica. Very approximate catalog values are:

worn: $60
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $800

worn: $60
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $1000

worn: $100
average circulated: $750
well preserved: $2000

As with all ancient coins, each specimen stands on its own merits. Catalog values are very, very approximate.

Note to requester Alice: Your coin has inscriptions IMP NERO CAESAR AVG MAX TR PPP on the front ant NERONE IMPERATORE on the back. This is a fake, worth zero.

Coin: 17990 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Alice, Sat, 04-Oct-2014 12:51:31 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 05-Oct-2014 06:43:32 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 14-Jun-2017 14:05:38 GMT
Tags: ancient rome nero fakes counterfeit romana roman romanorum romen romanorvm roma replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery


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