Thousands of years ago, coins were often used by Rome as a way of sending messages throughout the empire. Back then the use of images with words on coinage being traded between people was a very practical way of spreading a political message or other news. After the Roman monarchy was overthrown, the Roman government began to act as a republic. Octavian became Rome’s “first citizen”, and with the likes of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, this was a powerful time in Roman history. The rare coins from this time period are highly desirable. When the Great Fire of Rome in 64 destroyed most of the city, many Romans believed Nero had started the fire in order to clear the area for his planned complex, the Domus Aurea. Later in June of 68, he committed suicide. Finding coins with images of Nero make excellent additions to any ancient coin collection.
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