Silver (billon) provincial tetradrachm of Nero, (A.D. 54-68).
Egypt, Alexandria, A.D. 65-66.
RPC I 5289; Milne 238.
Obv: NERΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΠEP
Rev: AYTO-KRA - Alexandria, wearing elephant skin headdress.
LIB (year 12) in right field.
23 mm, 10.3 g.
Nero was the last of the Julio-Claudians, that is, emperors who attained their legitimacy by being descendants of Julius Caesar and Augustus. His reign is noted mainly for his extravagance and excess, his opinion of himself as a great artist (to the amusement of the Roman public and the consternation of the military) and his persecution of the Christians. Being the last legitimate heir of Augustus, his suicide, under the pressure of open rebellion, in A.D. 69, left a power vacuum that resulted in civil war.
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