Roman Empire, Nero - The Colossus

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This coin, in remarkable condition for its issue, depicts the famous bronze statue the Colossus of Nero. The emperor was portrayed in the guise of Sol, and it was originally placed by the entrance of his golden palace. Designed and constructed by Zenodorus the Greek from AD 64 to 68, the reverse therefore predates the much anticipated work. The 103 foot tall statue was moved by Hadrian to outside the Flavian Amphitheatre in 128 using 24 elephants, giving the building its current name: the Colosseum.

Nero AR Denarius. Rome, AD 64-65. NERO CAESAR, laureate head right / AVGVSTVS GERMANICVS, Nero, radiate and togate, standing facing holding branch and Victory on globe. RIC 47; WCN 22; BMC 60; RSC 45. 3.41g, 19mm, 6h.

Extremely Fine. A choice example of this attractive type which is very difficult to obtain in high grade.

Ex Triton V, 15 January 2002, lot 1885.