Coins 282 Nero with Poppaea. AE 26 mm. Tavium (?) mint, Koinon of Galatia. D/ NEPΩNOΣ ΣE[BAΣTOY]. Laureate head of Nero right. R/ ΠOΠΠAIAΣ ΣEBAΣTHΣ. Draped bust of Poppea right. Arslan 5. RPC 3562. SNG France 2400. AE. g. 9.73 mm. 26.00 RR. Glossy olive-green patina with lighter green spots. Some light corrosion, otherwise good VF. The second wife of Nero, Poppaea Sabina, is described by the historian Tacitus as having possessed “every asset except goodness”. She was a beautiful young woman with hair the colour of amber, who was rumored to have bathed in the milk of asses. Tacitus continues: “ From her mother, the loveliest woman of her day, she inherited distinction and beauty. Her wealth, too, was equal to her birth. She was clever and pleasant to talk to. She seemed respectable. But her life was depraved (…). To her, married or bachelor bedfellow were alike. She was indifferent to her reputation- yet insensible to men's love, and herself unloving. Advantage dictated the bestowal of her favours.”.

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