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Wonderful!! Juventus Nero. As Caesar, AD 50-54. AR Denarius -Struck under Claudius, AD 51. | by Joe Geranio
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Wonderful!! Juventus Nero. As Caesar, AD 50-54. AR Denarius -Struck under Claudius, AD 51.

Nero. As Caesar, AD 50-54. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.80 g, 11h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck under Claudius, AD 51. Bare-headed and draped young bust left / On left, simpulum above tripod; on right, lituus above patera. RIC I 77 (Claudius); von Kaenel Type 52; Lyon 87 (Claudius); RSC 312.

 

Upon adopting the toga virilis in AD 51, Nero began a political career appropriate for an imperial heir. The obverse legend of this coin describes him as princeps iuventutis (“first among the youth”), while the reverse reveals an honor bestowed on the young Caesar that is unrecorded in the literary tradition - that Nero was “co-opted as a supernumerary priest into all priestly colleges in accordance with a decree of the Senate”. cngcoins.com

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Uploaded on April 28, 2012