IMP NERVA CAES AVG PM TR P II COS III P P, Head of Nerva, laureate, right
FORTUNA AVGVST, Fortuna, draped, standing left, holding rudder on ground in right hand and cornucopiae in left; S C left and right, in field
32.81mm, 30.0 g, 6h
VF, fine portrait, boldly struck, clear legends, repatinated surfaces, some smoothing and fill
ex Classical Numismatic Group Inc., eAuction 409 (8 November 2017), Lot 580; ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 386 (9 November 2016), Lot 542
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.