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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.

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


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.||as|
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 for the subsistence of the people. Annona militaris was grain appropriated to the use of an army during a campaign.
SH21433. Copper as, RIC III 921, BMCRE 1951, Cohen II 45, Hunter II 306, SRCV II 4294, gVF, attractive style, weight 12.379 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 153 - 154 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head right; reverse ANNONA AVG COS IIII, Annona standing facing, looking right, right hand on modius at left side set on base, branch in left hand, large basket of fruits at feet on right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD


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

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.||denarius|
In 164, Marcus Aurelius gave his daughter Lucilla in marriage to his co-emperor Lucius Verus.
RP98017. Silver denarius, RIC III 125; RSC II 474; Hunter II 20; BMCRE IV p. 433, 359 (foot on globe); SRCV II -, VF, flow lines, light toning, porosity, small edge cracks, weight 3.025 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 164 - 165 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XIX IMP II COS III, Annona (or Abundantia) standing half left, head left, with both hands pouring grain from cornucopia into modius at her feet on left, right foot on uncertain object(?); SOLD







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