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Lot 474: Nerva. A.D. 96-98. AR cistophorus. Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, or Rome for circulation in Asia, A.D. 97.

AUCTION:  Triskeles - Auction 17 (Auction 320)

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  • Sold Winning Bid: $360
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Description

Nerva. A.D. 96-98. AR cistophorus (26 mm, 10.06 g, 7 h). Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, or Rome for circulation in Asia, A.D. 97. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR POT P P, laureate head of Nerva right / COS III, cult statue of Diana standing facing within distyle temple set on three-tiered base; on entablature, DIANA PERG. RIC 116; BMC 83; RSC 42. Light toning. A pleasant coin with honest wear and good metal. Very fine.

From an American Collection of Biblical and Related Coinage.

The silver content of cistophori under Nerva was determined to be 91.0 fineness per Kenneth Harl (see Coinage in the Roman Economy p. 99, tab. 5.1). The cult statue of Diana depicted on the reverse of this coin is quite reminiscent of a bee, which is of particular interest considering that a connection exists between the Roman goddess Diana (Gr: Artemis) and the Minoan-Mycenaean goddess Potnia, also known as ""Pure Mother Bee.""

Lot Details
  • Offered By: Barry P. Murphy
  • Lot #: 474
  • Listing #: 177321
  • Closed: Friday, September 16, 2016 7:37:40 PM CT
  • Estimate: $500
  • Collection: U.S. Collection of Biblical and Related Coinage