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Annona

Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain.


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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During Hadrian's reign agriculture in Italy declined. Imports from Egypt and North Africa depressed wheat prices, making farming unprofitable and forcing many farmers off the land. In Rome, bakeries produced dozens of bread varieties, and free bread was distributed to the poor.
RS86481. Silver denarius, RIC II 171, RSC II 379a, BMCRE III 387, Strack II 166, Hunter II -, SRCV -, Choice EF, well centered and struck, a few bumps, slight porosity, edge cracks and ragged in part, weight 3.098 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse COS III, Annona seated left, hook in right hand, scepter in left hand, modius at feet, globe in exergue; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00 ON RESERVE


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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Abundantia, her Greek name is Euthenia, stands for abundance or plenty. Abundantia resembles Annona, but Annona was limited to the grain supply for the current year, whereas Abundantia was a prodigal distributor of all kinds of things. Her attributes are stalks of grain and the cornucopia. Clothed in a long robe, and wearing a veil, she can be seated or standing and is sometimes shown emptying a cornucopia.
RS85759. Silver denarius, RSC II 380a, Hunter II 167, RIC II 388 var. (no drapery), Strack 205 var. (same), BMC III 488 var. (same, var. noted), SRCV II 3474 var. (obv. leg.), gVF, nice style, light toning, some luster, bumps and scratches, small edge cracks, weight 3.188 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 126 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse COS III, Abundantia or Annona seated left on chair without back, raising hook in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, modius at feet overflowing with stalks of grain; scarce variety; $170.00 SALE PRICE $153.00


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

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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.
RS84946. Silver denarius, RIC IV 501, RSC III 39, BMCRE V 652, SRCV II 6262, Choice EF, light toning on luster, die wear, weight 3.667 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 198 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse ANNONAE AVGG, Annona standing half left, right foot on prow, stalks of grain in right hand, cornucopia in left; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00 ON RESERVE


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

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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.
RB65293. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 981, BMCRE IV 2038, SRCV II 4254, Cohen II -, F, nice portrait, uneven strike, reverse slightly off center, weight 21.364 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 157 - 158 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XXI COS IIII, Annona standing slightly slightly left, stalks of grain pointed downward in her right over modius overflowing with stalks of grain at feet on left, rudder vertical behind in left resting on prow of galley right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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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.
RS73678. Silver denarius, RIC IV 188, RSC III 29a, BMCRE IV 674, SRCV II 7859, Hunter III -, aEF, both sides slightly off-center but broad flan so only the tops of a few letters off flan, some die wear, die break below bust, weight 3.168 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 231 A.D.; obverse IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate head right, with neatly trimmed beard; reverse ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left, two heads of grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet left, grounded anchor in left hand; ex Forum (2004); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse refers to the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people.
RS75003. Silver denarius, RIC IV 59; RSC III 13; Hunter III 26, BMCRE V p. 549, 126; SRCV II 7503, EF, excellent portrait, toned, slightly irregular flan, flan cracks, weight 3.249 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, c. late 219 - 220 A.D.; obverse IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse ANNONA AVGVSTI, Annona standing left, grain ears in right hand over modius at feet, leaning with left arm resting on rudder behind set on globe; scarce; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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

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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 which purchased each year by the 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.
RB65254. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 168a, Cohen V 26, Hunter III 91, SRCV III 8990, VF/F, grainy with some marks and encrustations, weight 15.635 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 247 - 249 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ANNONA AVGG, Annona standing left, grain in right hand held over modius overflowing with grain, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $55.00 SALE PRICE $49.50


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

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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 which purchased each year by the 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.
RB85871. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 168a, Cohen V 26, Hunter III 91, SRCV III 8990, aVF, nice portrait, centered on an oval flan that cuts of parts of the legends, some corrosion, weight 12.075 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 247 - 249 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ANNONA AVGG, Annona standing left, grain in right hand held over modius overflowing with grain, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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Annona with a modius and anchor suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces, especially from Africa, and its distribution to the people. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types. With the legend PROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!
RB66646. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 645; BMCRE VI p. 196, 815; Cohen IV 509; SRCV II 8013, F, flaw on obverse, weight 19.429 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, holding grain downward in right hand over modius at feet on left, anchor in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00







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