Collection History: Donated by Fred. B.R. Hellems in 1930
While this coin defies most close dating, the appearance of Annona (the grain supply, personified) and Ceres (the goddess of the harvest) suggests that the coin was constructed either to assure the people of the emperor’s control over the grain supply or to celebrate the grain dole. The grain supply during the time of Nero came under strain more than a few times, the most grievously during the Parthian wars, when the Roman provinces to the east (including Syria) could not be counted on to maintain the supply. Gena Goodman 2013.