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    Nerva. A.D. 96-98. AR denarius (18 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 97. Laureate head of Nerva right / CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM, two clasped hands. RIC 14; BMC 25; RSC 20. Good VF, nicely toned.

    Nerva was declared emperor by the Roman Senate the same day that Domitian was assassinated. Because he lacked military experience himself, and because the soldiers had no say in his elevation, they resented his rule and lacked confidence that he would provide for them in the form of land allotments or monetary benefits upon their retirement. The reverse of this coin with its call for military harmony (CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM) was an attempt to placate the soldiers and illustrates Nerva's appreciation of the very central and powerful role that the legions had come to play in Roman politics by this time. For all its intuitiveness, however, the propaganda proved ineffective. In 97 the Praetorian Guard assaulted the imperial palace and seized the weak emperor, holding him hostage until he was forced to give into their demands. Realizing that his position was untenable, Nerva shortly thereafter adopted the capable general, Trajan, as his successor, and all but abdicated.


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