Sunday, 8 December 2019

'Maturing' portrait of Nero

A Silver cistophorus (three denarius coin) of 50-51 CE, which portrays Nero at about age 13, before he became emperor. Nero was about 19 years old when this portrait appeared on silver denarii of 56-57 CE.
Maturing portraits on Roman coins is rare.

Only a few emperors began their reigns young and ruled long enough that a meaningful transformation in their appearance can be observed in their coinage.

Nero as a 22-year-old. He’s portrayed on a silver tetradrachm struck in the period 59-60 CE. Nero was about 25 years old in 62-63 CE.

A menacing portrait appeared on a silver tetradrachm of 65-66 CE.
Nero (27–68) is remembered for debasing currency and severely taxing to fund his palace, the Domus Aurea.
This Nero coin was struck within about a year of his suicide in 68. He was about 30 years old.
See ----->Emperor Nero