Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of Marcus Cocceius Nerva Caesar Augustus (Emperor Nerva), 96-98 C.E. The laureate head of Nerva faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR POT" surrounding image. On reverse, sacrificial implements, a simpulum, sprinkler, ewer, and lituus, are depicted with the inscriptions "COS III PATER PATRIAE" surrounding images. Imperfection at top center of obverse and bottom center of reverse of coin.
Date range: 96-98 C.E.
Remarks: Born in 32 C.E., he became a distinguished lawyer and was consul with Vespasian in 71 and with Domitian in 90. On the assassination of the latter he was proclaimed emperor and during his short reign he did much to improve the condition of the state. However, he lacked the capacity to command and he only had half-hearted support of the army. This led him to adopt Trajan, who was very popular with the army, and on the death of Nerva on January 25th, 98 C.E., Trajan succeeded to the empire. Nerva's coins were minted in Rome and Asia Minor.
References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #3023, pg 85.; Harold Mattingly, Coins of the Roman Empire, II, 1966,Pl. 1, #17, #18.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|