Julius Nepos rose to power at the behest of Leo, the eastern emperor. The then current ruler, Glycerius, was but a palace court appointee and puppet of a conquering barbarian general. On the approach of Nepos' army, Glycerius abdicated and was allowed to retire without bloodshed. Nepos himself was to hold on to power for barely a year before he fled another approaching army of barbarians. Although without an army, subjects or any legislative power, Nepos would linger in near anonimity in Northern Italy until his death in 480. From the time he was expelled from Rome until his death he was, however, diplomatically recognized by the court of Leo as the emperor of the West. Technically at least, he was thus the last emperor outlasting the brief rule of Romulus Augustus.
RIC 3241 Tremissis Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: COMOB; Cross within wreath.
RIC 3216, Cohen 15 Half Siliqua Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend; Ravenna standing left, holding scpeter and cornucopia with foot resting on prow.