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ID number: BIRBI-R1051
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Nerva (96-98)
Title / Object name / Definition: Denarius
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Rome
Date made: 97
Measurements: 3.42 g
Description: Obverse: Laureate head of Nerva.
Reverse: Priestly emblems. Nerva was an elderly senator chosen, by the Senate to succeed the murdered Domitian. Suetonius says that only the senators were happy about the death of Domitian, and certainly the army was disgruntled, although this was just as much because they had not been consulted about Domitianís replacement, as that he had been murdered in the first place. Nerva adopted a popular general, Trajan and thus won over the army. Nerva was the first of what became known as the five good emperors.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: IMPNERVACAES AVGPMTRPOT (Imperator Nerva Caesar Augustus Chief Priest [holder of] Tribunician Power)
Reverse: COSIIIPATERPATRIAE (Consul three times, Father of his Country)
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