Coin of Smyrna with busts of Nero and Poppaea, struck under Hermogenes and Clarus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 62–65

Mint: Asia: Ionia, Smyrna


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 9.84 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped bust of Nero at left facing draped bust of Poppaea at right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Zeus seated left, transverse scepter in right hand, uncertain object in left.
Inscriptions in Greek around and in field.


By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (sale of the A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962); purchased at the Woodward sale by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., February 13, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour