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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Roman Coins ▸ The Adoptive Emperors ▸ NervaView Options:  |  |  | 

Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.

Nerva was an elderly senator when, after the death of emperor Domitian in 96 A.D, the senate asked him to be emperor. Although popular with the senate and the people of Rome, he was not appreciated by the Army. To placate them he raised the great general Trajan to the rank of Caesar in late October 97 A.D. He died on 25 January 98 A.D.


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"Nerva maintained that he had liberated Rome from the tyranny of Domitian and restored a constitutionally-based regime." -- David Van Meter
RS85129. Silver denarius, RIC II 19, RSC II 113, BMCRE III 46, Hunter I 22, SRCV II -, gF/F, toned, weight 3.192 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Sep 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse LIBERTAS PVBLICA, Libertas standing half left, pileus in right hand, rod pointing up slightly right in left hand; $150.00 (€133.50)
 


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On 28 October 97 A.D. Nerva recalled his general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, age 44, from the German frontier and was forced by the Praetorian Guard to adopt him as his successor.
RB55449. Copper as, RIC II 83, BMCRE III 130, Cohen II 68, F, scratches, weight 10.666 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA AVGVST (good fortune of the Emperor), Fortuna standing left, rudder held by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $125.00 (€111.25)
 


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On 28 October 97 A.D. Nerva recalled his general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, age 44, from the German frontier and was forced by the Praetorian Guard to adopt him as his successor.
RB77879. Copper as, RIC II 83, BMCRE III 130, Cohen II 68, BnF III 116, Hunter I -, SRCV II -, aF, nice patina, green patina, weight 10.735 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA AVGVST (good fortune of the Emperor), Fortuna standing left, rudder held by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $80.00 (€71.20)
 


Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D., Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria

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On 28 October 97 A.D. Nerva recalled his general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, age 44, from the German frontier and was forced by the Praetorian Guard to adopt him as his successor.
RP77828. Bronze semis, McAlee 422i (rare), RPC Online III 3499 (2 spec., no images!), Wruck 134, F, dark patina, highlighting earthen deposits, weight 6.822 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, Jan - Sep 97 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR NER-VA AVG III COS, laureate head right; reverse large S C, Θ below, all within wreath; ex Forum (2005); very rare; $75.00 (€66.75)
 


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Nerva adopted his general on the German frontier, Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, age 44, as Caesar (his successor). This appointment was critical to maintaining his concord with the army, as advertised on this coin.
RB77543. Copper as, RIC II 79, BMCRE III 128, BnF III 115, Cohen II 21, Hunter I 55, SRCV II 3061, F, tight flan, uneven strike, scratches, weight 10.480 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM (harmony with the army), clasped hands, S C below; $70.00 (€62.30)
 







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