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Annona

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

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

|Macrinus|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.|, |denarius|
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.
SH53589. Silver denarius, RIC IV 55 (S), RSC III 8, BMCRE V 6, SRCV II 7330 corr., FDC, fantastic portrait, beautiful gold tone on luster, fine flow lines, full border centering on a broad flan, weight 3.274 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse ANNONA AVG, Annona enthroned left, wearing turreted crown, grain-ears in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, modius filled with grain and poppies at feet; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1989; masterpiece portrait with short beard and young features; boldly struck with sharp dies of fine style, fully centered, light golden toning on dazzling mint luster; scarce; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
After the Great Fire of Rome in July 64, Lugdunum sent a fortune to Rome to aid in the reconstruction. However, during the winter of 64 - 65, Lyon suffered its own catastrophic fire. Nero reciprocated, sending money to Lugdunum for their reconstruction.
RB37367. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 431, Choice VF, some smoothing, weight 27.786 g, maximum diameter 35.6 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head left, large globe at point of bust; reverse ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES S C, Annona standing right, right hand on hip, cornucopia in left hand, facing Ceres enthroned left, holding grain-ears and torch; in center modius on garlanded altar, prow behind; ex CNG 217, 345 (8/26/09, sold for $1045); dark green restored patina; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
Annona was the goddess of harvest and Ceres the goddess of agriculture. This reverse refers to the transportation 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.
SH94037. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 137, BMCRE I 128, Mac Dowall WCN 119, BnF II 273 var. (NERO CLAVDIVS...), Cohen I 24 var. (same), Hunter I -, SRCV I -, VF, well centered on a broad flan, nice green patina, pin-prick pitting, weight 26.678 g, maximum diameter 35.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate bust right wearing aegis; reverse ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES, Annona standing right, right hand on hip, cornucopia in left hand, facing Ceres enthroned left, holding grain-ears in right hand, torch in left hand, modius on garlanded altar in center between them, ship's stern in background, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; ex Pegasi Numismatics; SOLD


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, |denarius|
The head left is extremely rare on denarii of Commodus. This coin may be an ancient counterfeit rather than an official Rome mint issue. The elaborate Annona reverse composition reflects the special care Commodus took in supplying the much needed African grain to Rome (in fear of mob uprisings).
SH14699. Silver denarius, apparently unpublished, cf. RIC III 106 and BMCRE IV 157 (both bust right), aVF, weight 2.499 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome? mint, 184 - 185 A.D.; obverse COMM ANT AVG P BRIT, laureate head left; reverse ANN P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII P P, Annona standing left, statuette of Concordia holding patera and scepter in right hand, scepter in left hand, at feet left modius, right two persons on ship; extremely rare; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
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.
RB82734. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 323bC2, RIC II 492, Cohen II 469, Banti 182, BMCRE III 782 var. (bust left), Choice VF, nice portrait, excellent centering and strike, unusual bare brass, lightly toned, porous, weight 26.455 g, maximum diameter 33.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 108 - 109/110 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, from behind, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Annona standing left, holding stalks of grain downward in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, to left at feet modius with three grain ears, garlands decorate ship's stern to right, S - C (senatus consulto) on sides; SOLD


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

|Macrinus|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.|, |denarius|
SH33741. Silver denarius, RIC IV 26, RSC III 47, superb EF, weight 3.216 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P II COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for two years, consul, father of the country), Annona standing left, stalks of grain in right hand over overflowing modius at feet on left, cornucopia in left; wonderful portrait, lustrous; SOLD


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

|Macrinus|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.|, |denarius|
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.
SH48745. Silver denarius, RIC IV 26, RSC III 47, aEF, wonderful portrait, weight 2.989 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P II COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for two years, consul, father of the country), Annona standing left, stalks of grain in right hand over overflowing modius at feet on left, cornucopia in left; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
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.
RB77262. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 323bD, Banti 118, RIC II 492, BMCRE III 782, Cohen II 469, SRCV II 3195 var. (no drapery), VF, well centered, green patina, areas of corrosion, encrustations, weight 24.470 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 108 - 110 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Annona standing left, grain in right hand, scepter in left hand, modius filled with stalks of grain at feet on left, ship's stern decorated with garland right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
After suffering heavy losses since invading Scotland in 208, in 210, Septimius Severus sent his son Caracalla to systematically wipe out and torture the Scots into submission.
SH72651. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 794a (R), BMCRE V 181, Cohen IV 554, SRCV II 6429, VF/F, excellent style, beautiful green patina, centered, weak reverse, weight 23.055 g, maximum diameter 32.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 210 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Annona seated right, holding bundle of grain stalks; prow left before her and small winged figure (Eros?) at her feet, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; the reverse is a bit better in hand; rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
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.
SH80431. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 548, BMCRE III 1126, Hunter II 318, Cohen II 178, SRCV II -, VF, weight 22.974 g, maximum diameter 33.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 118 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse PONT MAX TR POT COS II (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 2nd time), Annona standing left, in right stalks of grain over modius, cornucopia in left hand, prow at feet right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, ANNONA AVG in exergue; beautiful large bronze; scarce; SOLD




  




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