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Annona

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


Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain.
RB65254. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 168a, Cohen 26, VF/F, grainy with some marks and encrustations, weight 15.635 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 247 - 249 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse ANNONA AVGG S C, Annona standing left, grain in right over modius at feet, cornucopia in left; $110.00 (82.50)

Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Annona with a modius and anchor suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces, especially from Africa, and its distribution to the people. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types. With the legend PROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!
RB66646. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 645, BMCRE V 815, Cohen 509, SRCV 8013, F, flaw on obverse, weight 19.429 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG S C, Providentia (or Annona) standing left, holding grain over modius in right, anchor in left; $80.00 (60.00)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In Castra Regina, Germania around 156 A.D, an attack by seventeen zombies left a prominent cleric infected. The Roman commander that was sent to dispatch the outbreak, recognizing the signs of a newly turned zombie, ordered his troops to destroy the former holy man. The "death" of the zombified cleric enraged the local citizens of the region, and started a riot. -- Zombiepedia. (Of course this is fiction, but apparently nothing interesting really happened in 156 A.D.)
RS66148. Silver denarius, RSC II 1021, RIC III 262, SRCV II -, F, toned, weight 2.805 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 156 - 157 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XX COS IIII, Annona seated right, cradling cornucopia in both hands, modius at feet; $45.00 (33.75)


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