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 1. Alimenta Italiae

    This coin comemmorates a social program instituted by Nerva and expanded by Trajan. It was a program designed to provide for the welfare and education of poor Roman children.


This reverse depicts Abundantia standing , holding corn ears and a cornucopiae, with a child at her side

 

from the Matthew Sersch collection

obv : IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP

rev: ALIM ITAL SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC

33mm

27.7g

bust right, draped left shoulder

103-111 ad

ref: RIC 459, Banti 4, BMC 869

Additional Varieties of this type:

 Bust right(Banti 3)

Bust right, 3/4 view (Banti 5)


111AD

obv : IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V DES VI

rev: ALIM ITAL SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC

Extremely rare legend variety, unlisted in RIC and Banti.

Strack 416 (Vatican Museum), BMCRE footnote p203

 


Other Legend combinations used with this type reverse:

 (EX) Matthew Sersch collection

obv : IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS VI PP

rev: ALIM ITAL SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC

32mm

24.3g

bust right, draped ls

112-114 ad

ref: RIC 604, Banti 8

Additional Varieties of this type

Banti 7 Bust right


A rare heroic bust left sestertius, unlisted in RIC and Banti is in the Dr. Jones collection


A Rarer Alim Ital reverse exists as well. It depicts Trajan seated, holding sceptre, Italia holding child, with child at her side standing before.

 

from the Matthew Sersch collection

obv : IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP

rev: ALIM ITAL SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC

33mm

27.0g

bust right

103-111 ad

ref: RIC unlisted , Banti 11

Additional Variety of this type below:

 

from the Dr Jones collection

Bust right, draped left shoulder RIC 461, Banti12

 

Examples of this type reverse are quite rare.


 


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