Roman Republic. Aulus Licinius Nerva. Rome, 47 BC

Roman Republic. Aulus Licinius Nerva. Rome, 47 BC


AR Denarius, 3.88g (17mm, 2h). Laureate head of Fides r.; before, [FIDES] downwards; behind, NERVA downwards . Border of dots / Horseman galloping r., with r. hand dragging naked warrior, who holds shield in l. hand and sword in r. hand; below A.LICINIV; on l., III; on r., VIR. border of dots.

Pedigree: Ex Auctiones AG 7 June 1977, lot 607. Ex Leo Benz Collection, Lanz, 23 Nov 1998, lot 432

References: Crawford 454/1. FFC 807 (this coin)

Grade: Slightly rough on the obverse on cheek of Fides and part of legend missing in front of face. Reverse is incredibly well struck but has some flatness on the head of the dragged warrior and the tail of the horse. VF/aEF (rr1150)

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Crawford does not elaborate on this moneyer in detail instead suggesting that an earlier A. Licinius Nerva who was praetor in 143 BC was likely not related to this A. Licinius Nerva. Grueber however wrote differently on the subject. He felt that the two men, born some 100 years apart were from the same line. Grueber discusses the connection of the coin struck by moneyers to their family history. Here we find a horseman and the suggestion is that this should illustrate the successes of the earlier A. Licinius Nerva who had usurped the throne of Andriscus, who claimed to be the son of Perseus. The obverse which shows the goddess Fides (trust and good faith) was possibly meant to symbolize an earlier ancestor of the gens Licinia who was a priest of the divinity (suggested by Babelon).