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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |The Adoptive Emperors| ▸ |Nerva||View Options:  |  |  |   

Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.

Nerva was an elderly senator when, after the death of emperor Domitian in 96 A.D, the senate asked him to be emperor. Although popular with the senate and the people of Rome, he was not appreciated by the Army. To placate them he raised the great general Trajan to the rank of Caesar in late October 97 A.D. He died on 25 January 98 A.D.

|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
In 97 A.D., the future emperor Trajan was made governor in Germania and adopted as "Caesar" or heir by Nerva.
SH46865. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 98, BMCRE III 134, BnF III 119, Cohen II 72, SRCV II 3045, Hunter I -, gVF, nice portrait, areas of light corrosion, weight 20.781 g, maximum diameter 32.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 18 Sep - Dec 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA AVGVST (good fortune of the Emperor), Fortuna standing left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) across field; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Nerva maintained that he had liberated Rome from the tyranny of Domitian and restored a constitutionally-based regime. The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. and many Mexican coins.
SH11457. Silver denarius, RIC II 19, RSC II 113, BMCRE III 46, BnF III 32, Hunter I 22, SRCV II -, EF, superb rainbow toning, excellent portrait, well centered, scratches, weight 3.758 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Sep 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse LIBERTAS PVBLICA, Libertas standing half left, pileus in right hand, rod pointing up slightly right in left hand; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Nerva maintained that he had liberated Rome from the tyranny of Domitian and restored a constitutionally-based regime. The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. and many Mexican coins.
SH05247. Silver denarius, unpublished legend error; cf. RIC II 19, RSC II 113, BMCRE III 46, BnF III 32, Hunter I 22, SRCV II -, superb EF, fantastic portrait, sharp, bold, much mint luster, weight 3.33 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Sep 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse LIBERTAS PVBLICI (sic, error for PVBLICA), Libertas standing half left, pileus in right hand, rod pointing up slightly right in left hand; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
Fortuna distributed good and evil among mankind according to her caprice and without any regard to merit.
SH27025. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 98, BMCRE III 134, BnF III 119, Cohen II 72, SRCV II 3045, Hunter I -, VF, nice portrait and beautiful green patina, weight 24.170 g, maximum diameter 33.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Sep - Dec 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA AVGVST (good fortune of the Emperor), Fortuna standing left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In late October 97 A.D. Nerva adopted Trajan as his son and heir of the Empire. The previous emperor Domitian was a friend of the army and gave no consideration to the Senate, while Nerva was a very old senator. Trajan was perhaps the most popular and successful general of the time. The adoption reversed growing military opposition and brought concord with the army.
SH36243. Silver denarius, RIC II 3, RSC II 25, BMCRE III 8, Hunter I 4, BnF III 6, SRCV II 3021, choice gVF. fine style, light toning, large flan, weight 3.659 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Sep - Dec 96 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, laureate head right; reverse CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM (harmony with the army), clasped hands holding legionary eagle on prow; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In late October 97 A.D., Nerva adopted Trajan as son and heir of the Empire. It was the best option as Nerva was facing increasing military opposition. The previous emperor Domitian was a friend of the army and gave no consideration to the Senate, while the new emperor was a very old senator. Trajan was perhaps the most popular and successful general of the time. As recognition of his work in Germany he was named Germanicus and the tile passed onto Nerva as well. Trajan received a Consulship and Nerva announced his fourth for the following year, hence the COS III DESIGN IIII legend. This very rare type is difficult to obtain and even harder in this wonderful grade. Struck at a moment which shaped the destiny of the empire for the next century, a period viewed as a Golden Age.
SH01654. Silver denarius, RIC II 41, RSC II 84, lustrous EF, weight 3.37 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 27 Oct - 31 Dec 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG GERM P M TR P II, laureate head right; reverse IMP II COS III DESIGN IIII P P, sacrificial implements; very rare; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and Aequitas Augusti.
SH08110. Silver denarius, RIC II 13, RSC II 6, BnF III 13, BMCRE III 24, Hunter I 9, SRCV II -, Choice EF, exceptional stern portrait, mint luster, weight 3.72 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse AEQVITAS AVGVST (fairness of the emperor), Aequitas standing half left, head left, wearing stephane, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |dupondius|
In late October 97 A.D. Nerva adopted Trajan as his son and heir of the Empire. The previous emperor Domitian was a friend of the army and gave no consideration to the Senate, while Nerva was a very old senator. Trajan was perhaps the most popular and successful general of the time. The adoption reversed growing military opposition and brought concord with the army.
RB68481. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II 81, BMCRE III 122, Cohen 32, gVF, weight 14.365 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, radiate head right; reverse CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM (harmony with the army), clasped hands holding a legionary eagle set on a prow, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |as|
Nerva maintained that he had liberated Rome from the tyranny of Domitian and restored a constitutionally-based regime. The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. and many Mexican coins.
SH05495. Copper as, RIC II 100, BMCRE III p. 26 ‡, Hunter I 59, Cohen II 119, SRCV II -, gVF, nice portrait, attractive blue-black patina, struck with damaged die (E in CAES), weight 12.38 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse LIBERTAS PVBLICA (freedom of the people), Libertas standing half left, head left, pileus (freedom cap) in right hand, rod in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking below center; SOLD


|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
RB54232. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 60, VF, weight 24.000 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA AVGVST (good fortune of the Emperor), Fortuna standing left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD




  




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