BRASS SESTERTIUS OF NERVA, ROME, DECEMBER AD 96.

BRASS SESTERTIUS OF NERVA, ROME, DECEMBER AD 96.

695.00

Obverse: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II DESIGN III P P, laureate head of Nerva facing right.

Reverse: CONGIAR P R S C, Nerva, seated right on platform, a second platform before him on which attendant is seated, distributing largesse to citizen who mounts steps of platform, statues of Minerva and Liberalitas standing left on pedestals in background.

RIC: 71. Sear: 3043. BMCRE: 97. [Rome, Dec. AD 96].

Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 22.6 g.

This extremely rare reverse type is a revival of a Neronian type issued 32 years earlier, depicting a typical and well-detailed scene of Imperial largesse to the people of Rome: each man is said to have received 75 denarii on this occasion - roughly equivalent to 3 months pay for the average citizen!

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