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Roman Republic Ti Claudius Ti F AP N Nero, Silver Serrated Denarius, c79BC

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman republic

Date: c79BC

Origin: Rome

Condition: VF+ but slightly off centre

Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of Diana, right, bow and quiver over shoulder, SC before

Reverse: Victory in biga (two horsed chariot), right, holding palm, TI CLAVD TI F, APN below, in exergue; control numeral above starting with slightly rarer A

Size and Weight: 18.5mm, 3.71g

References: Sear 310

Features and Provenance: Tiberius Claudius Nero was a Roman moneyer during the Republican period, hoard coins point to a date of around 78 to 80 BC. He should not be confused with the emperors with the same names although it is certain that he was the grandfather of Emperor Tiberius. We know little about him other than he held high posts under Pompey during the Spanish wars. The first thing you notice about the coin is that is what is known as serrated, the reason for this is uncertain, but does allow fakes to be spotted. As one of the three magistrates to be selected as a moneyer each year, he was in the perfect position to take advantage of the position by self promotion. As moneyer, he was allowed to design the coins himself. Our coin has a reverse that echoes those before it but the obverse depicts the goddess Diana which was pure propaganda, implying that the gods were on their side and victory was assured. He copied a design from an earlier coin from 81BC so he wasn't very original, but what he was say was that Rome was the centre of the world and their destiny was for ever upward - little did they know.

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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