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Nerva, 96-98 AD c 97 AD
The First of the Good Emperors Denarius
Marcus Cocceius Nerva (8 November 30 – 25 January 98) became emperor at 65 after a lifetime of imperial service under Nero and the Flavian dynasty rulers Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. Upon his accession, he had ordered a halt to treason trials, but at the same time allowed the prosecution of informers by the Senate to continue. In October 97 these tensions came to a head when the Praetorian Guard laid siege to the Imperial Palace takingNerva hostage. He was forced to hand over those responsible for Domitian's death Nerva was unharmed in this assault, but his authority was damaged beyond repair. Obverse laureate Nerva IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P. Reverse seated Fortuna holding wheat ears and a scepter FORTVNA P R.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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