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Annona

Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain.


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.

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In 77 or 78 A.D., Gnaeus Julius Agricola was made governor of Roman Britain, a post he occupied until 84. In his first year, Agricola subdued the Ordovices in Wales and pursued the remnants of the tribe to Anglesey, the holy island of the Druids. According to Tacitus, he exterminated the whole tribe. The Ordovices do completely disappear from the historical record, but considering the mountainous terrain, it is unlikely killed the entire population. Another tribe, the Silures, was either also militarily defeated or simply agreed to terms. Tacitus wrote of the Silures: non atrocitate, non clementia mutabatur - the tribe "was changed neither by cruelty nor by clemency." A Roman squadron, sent by Agricola, explored the north of Scotland for the first time, discovering the Orkney and Shetland Islands.Pre-Roman Wales
RS77144. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, Vespasian 972; RSC II 17; BMCRE II 319, BnF III 280, SRCV I 2436, VF, some flatness, small edge crack, weight 3.382 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 77 - 78 A.D.; obverse T CAESAR VESPASIANVS, laureate head right; reverse ANNONA AVG, Annona seated left, sack of grain in right, left elbow resting on throne behind, feet on a (prow?) footstool; $225.00 (198.00)


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

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Annona was worshipped in Rome as the goddess who prospered the year's supply of grain. She was represented on an altar in the capitol. The three principal granaries of Rome were Sicily, Egypt, and the African provinces. Annona civilis was the grain which purchased each year by the Roman state, then imported and put into storage, reserved and distributed for the subsistence of the people. Annona militaris was grain appropriated to the use of an army during a campaign.
SH72366. Silver denarius, RIC IV 26a (S), RSC III 47a; BMCRE V p. 501, 41; Hunter III 20; SRCV II 7340 var. (also cuirassed), NGC XF, strike 4/5, surface 4/5 (4160837-004), removed from plastic case; excellent portrait, weight 2.383 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 225o, Rome or Antioch mint, Dec 217 - 8 Jun 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P II COS P P, Annona standing left, holding two ears of grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with ears of grain at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand; NGC graded but removed from plastic case (slab) but comes with NGC tag; $220.00 (193.60)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Egypt) and its distribution to the people.
RS90684. Silver denarius, RSC II 288b, BMCRE IV 765, Hunter II 84, RIC III 204 var.(no rudder), cf. SRCV II 4068 (TRP XVII, etc.), EF, well centered and struck, ragged flan with small edge cracks, weight 3.472 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 151 - 152 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XV, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Annona standing half left, heads of grain in right hand, left hand rests on modius overflowing with grain and set a half-seen ship on right, rudder against the ship's side; $170.00 (149.60)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people. By the Code De Naviculariis, the mariners appointed to carry grain from Egypt could be executed if they did not keep the proper course; and if they did not sail in the proper season, the master of the vessel would be banished.
RB65292. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 981, BMCRE IV 2038, SRCV II 4254, Cohen II -, F, weight 21.364 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 157 - 158 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XXI COS IIII, Annona standing slightly slightly left, stalks of grain pointed downward in her right over modius overflowing with stalks of grain at feet on left, rudder vertical behind in left resting on prow of galley right, S - C flanking low across field; $160.00 (140.80)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people.
RS90694. Silver denarius, RIC III 260, RSC II 1016, BMCRE IV 883, SRCV II 4128, gVF, struck with worn dies, weight 3.215 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 156 - 157 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XX COS IIII, Annona standing right, left foot on prow, rudder in right hand, modius in left; $135.00 (118.80)


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people. By the Code De Naviculariis, the mariners appointed to carry grain from Egypt could be executed if they did not keep the proper course; and if they did not sail in the proper season, the master of the vessel would be banished.
RS73537. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7858, RIC IV 187, BMCRE VI 496, RSC III 27, Hunter III -, aEF, well struck, well centered, frosty surfaces, weight 3.201 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 228 A.D.; obverse IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate head right; reverse ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left, heads of grain in right, cornucopia in left hand, right foot on prow; $135.00 (118.80)


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people.
RS73678. Silver denarius, RIC IV 188, RSC III 29a, BMCRE IV 674, SRCV II 7859, Hunter III -, aEF, both sides slightly off center but broad flan so only the tops of a few letters off flan, some die wear, die break below bust, weight 3.168 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 231 A.D.; obverse IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate head right, with neatly trimmed beard; reverse ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left, two heads of grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet left, grounded anchor in left hand; ex Forum (2004); $130.00 (114.40)


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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The NGC plastic holder (slab) tag notes provenance from "The Seven Hills Hoard." The Seven Hills Hoard was reputedly found in Rome and included more than 7,000 Roman silver coins. The coins are thought to have been buried around 250 A.D., and were struck from the reign of the Nero (54-68 A.D.) to the reign of Gordian III (238-244 A.D.).
SL75309. Silver denarius, RSC III 508a, BMCRE VI 813, RIC IV 252, SRCV II 7923, Hunter III -, NGC ch XF (Choice Ex Fine), maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia (or Annona) standing left, stalks of grain in right hand over modius overflowing with grain, anchor in left hand; $130.00 (114.40)


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse refers to the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people.
RS75003. Silver denarius, RIC IV 59; RSC III 13; Hunter III 26, BMCRE V p. 549, 126; SRCV II 7503, EF, excellent portrait, toned, slightly irregular flan, flan cracks, weight 3.249 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, c. late 219 - 220 A.D.; obverse IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse ANNONA AVGVSTI, Annona standing left, grain ears in right hand over modius at feet, leaning with left arm resting on rudder behind set on globe; scarce; $125.00 (110.00)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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The prominent flow lines from the portrait into the fields is a common characteristic of Antoninus Pius denarii, but unusual for other emperors. It appears that during his reign, the blank planchets were somewhat dome shaped. The peak of the dome ensured that portrait was usually full struck. The metal flowing from the center to the edges wore the prominent "flow lines" into the die. These flow lines grew stronger as the die wore over time. It seems likely the effect was intentional.
RS77329. Silver denarius, RIC III 175; RSC II 284; BMCRE IV p. 95, 657; Strack III 191; cf. SRCV II 4067 (TR P XI), VF, well centered, toned, strong flow lines, weight 3.515 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, Rome mint, 148 - 149 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Annona standing left holding stalks of grain over modius left and anchor; $125.00 (110.00)




    



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