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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain.
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.
The elaborate Annonareverse composition reflects the special care Commodus took in supplying the much needed African grain to Rome (in fear of mob uprisings).RS84978. Silver denarius, RIC III 95, RSC II 17, BMCRE IV 144, MIR 18 647, SRCV II 5627, Hunter II -, Choice VF, nice portrait, well centered, reverse die wear, edge cracks, weight 3.212 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 184 - 185 A.D.; obverseCOMM ANT AVG P BRIT, laureate head right; reverseP M TR PVIIII IMP VII COS IIII P P, Annona standing left, statuette of Concordia holding patera and scepter in Annona's right hand, scepter in her left hand, modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, two persons on prow at feet on right, ANN in exergue; $150.00 (€133.50)
Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
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.RB65293. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC III 981, BMCRE IV 2038, SRCV II 4254, Cohen II -, F, nice portrait, uneven strike, reverse slightly off center, 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; reverseTR 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 (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; $125.00 (€111.25)
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
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; reverseANNONA 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); $90.00 (€80.10)
Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.
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; reverseANNONA 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; $90.00 (€80.10)
Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
Annona was worshiped in Rome as the goddess who prospered the year's supply of grain. She was represented on an altar in the capital. 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.RB65254. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC IV 168a, Cohen V 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 cuirassedbust right; reverseANNONA AVGG S C, Annona standing left, grain in right over modius at feet, cornucopia in left; $65.00 (€57.85)
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
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 legendPROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!RB66646. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC IV 645; BMCRE VI p. 196, 815; Cohen IV 509; SRCV II 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; reversePROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, holding grain downward in right hand over modius at feet on left, anchor in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; $45.00 (€40.05)