54-68 AD Nero as Augustus, AV aureus NGC Ch XF 4/5 - 3/5

$13,500.00 USD

Coin ID: 3988022-001

AV aureus (18mm, 7.28 gm, 8h). Rome, ca. AD 64-65. NERO-CAESAR, laureate, bearded head of Nero right / AVGVSTVS-GERMANICVS, Colossus of Nero as Sol, togate, standing facing, radiate head slightly right, left knee bent, branch upward in right hand, Victory on globe in left. RIC I 46. Calicó 402a. A gorgeous and wonderful example of the type with gluttonous late portrait of Nero and superbly detailed reverse. Rare.

The reverse depicts Nero's Colossus, a roughly 120-foot tall bronze statue of the emperor as Sol, created by Zenodorus, for the vestibule of the Domus Aurea (Golden House) - the massive palace constructed by Nero after the fire of AD 64.