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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.

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

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain.
RS111657. Silver denarius, RIC IV 200; RSC III 476; BMCRE V p. 252, 489; Hunter III 58; SRCV II 6338, VF, toned, radiating flow lines, edge cracks, weight 3.511 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 206 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XIIII COS III P P, Annona standing slightly left, head left, stalks of grain in right hand downward over modius, cornucopia in left hand; ex Victoria Numismatics auction 4 (21 Dec 2022), lot 627; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


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

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
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.
RS111914. Silver denarius, RIC III 260, RSC II 1016, BMCRE IV 883, SRCV II 4128, Hunter II 106, VF, toned, flow lines, slightly off center, small edge cracks, rev. die wear, weight 3.446 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 156 - 157 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XX COS IIII, Annona standing right, left foot on prow, rudder in right hand, modius overflowing with grain balanced on left knee with left hand; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


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

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |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 Egypt) and its distribution to the people.
RS112534. Silver denarius, RIC III 239, RSC II 292, Hunter II 97, BMCRE IV 832, Strack 279, cf. SRCV II 4068 (TR P XVII), aVF/F, flow lines, toning, scratches, flan a bit ragged with edge cracks, weight 3.178 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 154 - 155 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Annona standing half left, stalks of grain in right hand, left hand rests on modius overflowing with grain set on prow; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 129 (4 Jun 2023), lot 997 (part of); $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.

|Philip| |I|, |Philip| |I| |the| |Arab,| |February| |244| |-| |End| |of| |September| |249| |A.D.||antoninianus|
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.
RS112675. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 29, RSC IV 32, SRCV III 8923, Hunter III - (p. lxxxviii), VF, excellent portrait, well centered, toned, surfaces a little frosty, flow lines, weight 4.788 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 247 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ANNONA AVGG, Annona standing half left, head left, stalks of grain in right hand over prow, cornucopia in left hand; from the Collection of Dr. Jregen Buschek; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


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


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 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.
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


Numerian, February or March 283 - October or November 284 A.D.

|Numerian|, |Numerian,| |February| |or| |March| |283| |-| |October| |or| |November| |284| |A.D.||antoninianus|
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.
RA71586. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 37; La Venra IV 1400; RIC V-2 447; SRCV III 12253; Pink VI-2, p. 29; Cohen VI 83, Choice EF, superb bust, unusual style, excellent centering, much silvering, porosity, weight 3.570 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, Feb/Mar 283 - Oct/Nov 284 A.D.; obverse IMP NVMERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse PROVIDENT AVGG (the foresight of the two emperors), Providentia (Annona?) standing slightly right, head left, stalks of grain downward in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, modius at feet on left, VIXXI in exergue; SOLD







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