Did he burn Rome to the Ground? A tyrant known for his unmatched cruelty and extravagance.
The legend of Nero playing the fiddle during the burning of Rome is refuted historically given the fiddle did not exist in his era, but is a great metaphor for many Romans’ beliefs that he caused the “Great Fire of Rome” (which brought the city to its knees) in order to clear land for his palace, the Domus Aurea. The adopted son of Claudius, he is known for his unmatched cruelty, often having Christians dipped in oil and burned alive in his garden for light in the dark hours of the night.
He began the First Roman–Jewish War, which ultimately destroyed the Second Temple of Jerusalem. His suicide in 68 AD plunged the Empire into a dark period known as the Year of the Four Emperors. Nero was extremely narcissistic, and had his coinage struck widely throughout the Empire, making copper, silver, and gold coins of his reign among the most available of the Twelve Caesars. Even so, they are always in high demand due to his infamy.
The present piece in particular, with a perfect 5/5 strike and a 3/5 surface grade, is a tremendous opportunity to own ancient gold from one of history’s most infamous leaders, professionally graded by NGC. The obverse features Nero facing right, while the reverse depicts a seated Concordia (goddess of agreement in marriage and society). Only 41 have been graded XF by the NGC, with only 39 finer.
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