Nerva, 96-98 AD, AE Sestertius, Fortuna, struck 97 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Nerva
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
97 AD
Obverse:
IMP NERVA CAES AVG PM TR P II COS III P P, Head of Nerva, laureate, right
Reverse:
FORTUNA AVGVST, Fortuna, draped, standing left, holding rudder on ground in right hand and cornucopiae in left; S C left and right, in field
Size:
32.81mm, 30.0 g, 6h
Grade:
VF, fine portrait, boldly struck, clear legends, repatinated surfaces, some smoothing and fill
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group Inc., eAuction 409 (8 November 2017), Lot 580; ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 386 (9 November 2016), Lot 542
References:
BMCRE III 134; RIC II 98; Cohen II 72; Banti 21; BnF III 119; SRCV II 3045

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An exceptional sestertius of Nerva.

Nerva became Roman emperor at the elderly age of 65. His reign lasted only 2 years. He adopted Trajan, then a general, as a heir and his successor. One of the Roman Emperors fortunate enough to die of natural causes, he was succeeded by Trajan, who went on to have a long and prosperous reign.