A Sestertius of Nerva

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  1. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    I have been looking for a while for a sestertius of Nerva to expand my small collection of Bronzes of this emperor. This one appealed to me.

    This example of RIC 80 shows hands clasped on reverse holding a legionary eagle set on galleys prow (not visible on this example). This motif refers to harmony between the Senate, the Roman Army and the Navy on the occasion of Nerva's adoption of M. Ulpius Trajanus as his heir.

    Nerva. AD 96-98. Æ Sestertius (22.22 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 97.
    Obv: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right
    Rev: CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM, S C across lower field, clasped right hands, holding aquila set on prow.

    RIC II 80

    The coin has been smoothed (but acceptably, imo) and is struck slightly off-center, with lightly raised rims visible on parts of the obverse and corresponding area of the reverse (as though lightly hammered).

    Not in top shape, obviously, but enough remaining detail, and pleasant deep emerald green patina.

    Your opinions are greatly welcome!

    And... please post your coins of Nerva! - an Emperor we do not see too often on the forum.

    Nerva Sestertius - Hände - Rev - 1.jpg Nerva Sestertius - Hände - Obv - 1.jpg
    Last edited: May 1, 2017
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  3. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King Supporter

    Really nice example from a brief reign!
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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice example @Eduard. I have the sister coin in silver
    Nerva 5.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, laureate head right
    REVERSE: CONCORDIA EXCERCITVVM, clasped hands holding legionary eagle resting on prow
    Struck at Rome 96 AD
    2.9g, 18mm
    RIC 3

    And then a few others
    Nerva 2.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right
    REVERSE: IVSTITIA AVGVST, Justitia seated right, holding scepter & branch
    Struck at Rome, 97 AD
    3.2g, 20mm
    RIC 18, C 101
    Nerva 3.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, radiate head right
    REVERSE: LIBERTAS PVBLICA S-C, Liberty standing left, holding pileus and sceptre
    Struck at Rome, 97 AD
    13.2g, 27mm
    RIC 87
    Nerva 6.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P Radiate head right
    REVERSE: FORTVNA AVGVST S-C, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia
    Struck at Rome, 96AD
    8.8g, 26mm
    RIC 61
  5. ro1974

    ro1974 Well-Known Member

    Great coin:)

    I have a Nerva As Fortuna

  6. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Coin cidence ? bought this Nerva sestertius last week (sellers pic)

    nerva sestertius catawiki 25-4.jpg
  7. gregarious

    gregarious E Pluribus Unum

    that's a nice bronze example. i only have 1 coin of Nerva. nerva libertas denarius 001.JPG nerva libertas denarius 004.JPG
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  8. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Terrific OP and very nice posts guys!!

    I wanted a couple of inexpensive 'bronze' examples to complement my denarius so I grabbed this Dupondius and AS:

    Nerva clasped hands.jpg Nerva clasped hands reverse.jpg :

    nerva as publica obverse.JPG Nerva as publica reverse.JPG
  9. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Beautiful bronze, lovely patina on it.

    Nerva (96 -98 A.D.)
    AR Didrachm
    Cappadocia, Caesarea
    R: CEBACTOY TYXH, Tyche standing left holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
    Cappadocia, Caesarea 97 A.D.
    Sydenham 150

    Published on Wildwinds
  10. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Supporter! Supporter

    Great OP and other Nervas! Here is my Sestertius:


  11. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Nice bronze and write-up @Eduard !

    I only have one coin from Nerva:

    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA TIF.jpg
    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA
    Ex: @TIF
  12. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    A nice OP sestertius for sure

    Nerva, Dupondius minted in Rome, 97 AD
    IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TRP COS III PP, radiate head of Nerva right
    LIBERTAS PUBLICA, Liberty standing left, SC in field
    13,87 gr
    Ref : Cohen #116, RCV #3059

  13. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Thank you for posting your Nervas, guys. Really great coins:).

    Interestingly, if you look at variety of portraits in the coins you have all posted one notices a certain uniformity in the facial traits of Nerva. Mat's didrachm from Cappadocia, on the other hand shows an interesting different style.
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  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Excellent sestertius! Mine is only a dupondius so half as good at best but what this thread suggests is the more common type for that denomination.
  15. gregarious

    gregarious E Pluribus Unum

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  16. randygeki

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  17. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great symbolic coin Eduard, I have the other two Ae of this type, the Dupondius being scarce as only struck for a short period in 96 AD. 000577_l.jpg 20160818_082927.jpg
  18. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

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  19. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Great coins everyone.
  20. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Beautiful coin with a lovely emerald green patina.
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  21. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    No clasping no peace, nice find Eduard :D 215 P Hadrian .Emmett 848.13.jpg
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