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    Temple of Janus

    Nero (AD 54-68). Orichalcum sestertius (35mm, 25.59 gm, 6h).  Rome, AD 66. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate bust of Nero right with slight beard, aegis on far shoulder / PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT, the Temple of Janus, with latticed window to left and garland hung across closed double doors right; S-C across field. RIC 265. BMCRE 160. Attractive dark brown patina. Well-centered on a large flan. Choice Extremely Fine.

    Ex Roma Numismatics 2 (2 October 2011), lot 597.

    The Temple of Janus was one of the oldest structures in the Roman Forum. In keeping with the spirit of Janus, the two-faced god, the temple had large doors on two opposing sides. According to tradition, the doors were kept open in wartime and closed during times of peace. The closing of the Temple doors was a rare event, even during the Pax Romana. In AD 66, having recently concluded a favorable peace treaty with Parthia, Nero closed the doors with great fanfare and marked the occasion on his coinage.


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