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    Nerva, Dawn of a Golden Age

    Nerva (AD 96-98). AR denarius (3.33 gm). Rome, AD 97. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head of Nerva right / CONCORDIA EXERCITVM, clasped hands. RIC 14. BMC 25. RSC 20. Attractive medium gray toning with lustrous golden hues around the devices. Choice extremely fine.

    The aging senator, M. Cocceius Nerva, was thrust into the imperial purple by the murder of Domitian in AD 96. He was a favorite of the Senate and intended to restore civil liberties curtailed by the despotic reign of Domitian, but he faced serious problems when he was unable to assert his authority over the Roman army. In AD 97, the Praetorian Guard revolted, forcing him to adopt a military man as his legal successor. His choice of the popular general, Trajan, allowed his administration to step back from the brink of civil war. This coin illustrates the political propaganda of the period, in which Nerva wished to present himself as an emperor on good terms with both the senate and the army, symbolized by the clasped hands of friendship, and belies the serious difficulties that he encountered during his brief tenure.


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