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Nerva; 96-98 AD c. 66 AD
The First of the Good Emperors Bronze Dupondius.
On 18 September, Domitian was assassinated in 96 AD in a palace conspiracy involving the Praetorian Guard and several freedmen. On the same day, Nerva was declared emperor by the Roman Senate and vowed to restore civil liberties Domitian had taken away. Nerva's brief reign was handicapped by financial difficulties and his inability to control the Roman army. The Praetorians revolted in 97 all and he adopted Marcus Ulpius Traianus (Trajan). After barely fifteen months in office, Nerva died of natural causes on 27 January 98. Upon his death he was succeeded by Trajan staring a dynasty of roman imperial succesion charachterized by the adoption of sucessors rather than from the imperial blood line. Obverse Nerva profile IMP NERVA CAES AVG PM TRP COS III PP. Reverse: Libertas standing l. holding cap and scepter LIBERTAS PVBLICA S - C.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition*

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