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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Annona||View Options:  |  |  | 

Annona

Annona was worshiped in Rome for providing the annual 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 purchased each year by the state, imported, put into storage reserve, and then distributed for the subsistence of the people. Annona militaris was grain appropriated to the use of an army during a campaign.

Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Annona was worshiped in Rome for providing the annual 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 purchased each year by the state, imported, put into storage reserve, and then distributed for the subsistence of the people. Annona militaris was grain appropriated to the use of an army during a campaign.
RS97925. Silver denarius, RSC II 484b, BMCRE IV 373, SRCV II 4922, RIC III 142 var. (laureate head right), Hunter II 25 var. (same), VF, well centered, attractive toning, radiating flow lines, well centered, marks, tiny edge cracks, weight 2.677 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 164 - 165 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse P M TR P XIX IMP III COS III, Annona standing slightly left, head left, two stalks of grain downward in right hand, cornucopia in right hand, modius at feet on left, galley prow at feet on right; $145.00 SALE PRICE $131.00 ON RESERVE


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|
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







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