This is an ancient Roman gold Aureus of emperor Nero, struck in Rome between 65 - 66 AD
Obverse: NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS; "Nero Caesar, emperor (Augustus)" laureate head of Nero facing right
Reverse: IVPPITER CVSTOS "Jupiter, the guardian" Jupiter seated left with thunderbolt and sceptre.
Jupiter the Guardian (represented by the inscription “Custos” – one who preserves and saves) was attributed with the intervention that saved Nero from assassination in 64 AD (see "A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero").
A very nice coin with a good portrait and full titles.
DATE: 54 - 68 AD (this coin minted between 65-66AD
SIZE: 18mm dia
WEIGHT: 7.16 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RIC 52, Cohen 118, BMC 67 (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 1930
PROVENANCE: Private collection. Cologne, Germany. Previously in a Swiss private collection.
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