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Annona

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


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 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.
RB91949. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 677a (S); BMCRE V p. 130, 519; Cohen IV 33 var. (cuirassed); SRCV II 6405 var. (same), gVF/aF, superb portrait, tight squared flan typical for the period cutting off much of legends, porous, Annona's head weak, weight 18.355 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 194 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP IIII, laureate head right; reverse ANNONA AVG COS II P P, Annona standing slightly left, head left, two stalks of grain in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, S - C flanking low across field; scarce; $200.00 (Ä176.00)


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

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Annona was worshiped in Rome as the goddess who prospered the year's 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 Roman 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.
RS91602. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 28c, RSC IV 25, Hunter III 26, SRCV III 8922, Choice VF, full borders strike, flow lines, tiny edge cracks, weight 4.055 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 247 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ANNONA AVGG, Annona standing left, stalks of grain in right hand over modius of grain at feet, cornucopia in left; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $100.00 (Ä88.00)


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. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types to indicate his care for the grain supply despite his distance from Rome.
RB91830. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE VI 766, SRCV II 8000, RIC IV 520, Cohen IV 424, Hunter III -, F, dark fields with high points of types and legends rubbed brighter (old collection toning), attractive portrait for the grade, weight 14.649 g, maximum diameter 29.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 231 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse P M TR P X COS III P P (Pontifex Maximus, Tribunicia Potestate X, Consul III, Pater Patri), Annona standing slightly left, head left, two stalks of grain in right hand held over Modius at feet, anchor in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divided low across field; $55.00 (Ä48.40)







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