NERO GOLD AUREUS – VIRTUS ISSUE WITH TONING TYPICAL OF THE BOSCOREALE HOARD – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN OF THE TWELVE CAESARS (Inv. 14985)
ROMAN EMPIRE. NERO, AD 54-68
Gold aureus, 7.58 g., 18 mm. Minted in Rome.
Obv. NERO CAESAR AVG IMP, head right.
Rev. PONTIF MAX TR-P VII COS IIII P P, Virtus standing left, right foot on helmet within pile of arms, holding parazonium and spear, EX-S C in fields.
RIC I 25. Calicó 429.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, “Boscoreale Tone”, featuring the reddish patination with encrustation specks characteristic of the coins from the Boscoreale Hoard (see photo detail), found in 1895 in a villa buried by the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius: see the relevant section in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boscoreale_Treasure).