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Most of these are recent purchases.

The Hadrian modius (grain measure) denarius is an upgrade to one in my Five Good Emperor series.

Imagery symbolic of a bountiful harvest makes an appropriate topic for a Thanksgiving post.

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Please post your favorite cornucopia, modius, agriculture, and harvest related coins.

 

I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday!

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Lovely!! Here are a couple of Antonine favorites with all the attributes we associate with agricultural fertility -- cornuacopiae, modii, grain ears, and Annona!

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Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 23.16 g, 29 mm.
Rome, AD 142.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev: ANNONA AVG S C, Annona standing right, between modius and prow, holding corn ears and out-turned cornucopiae.
Refs: RIC 597; BMCRE 1228; Cohen 37; RCV 4147; UCR 502.
 
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Marcus Aurelius, Augustus AD 161-180.
Roman AR denarius, 3.15 g, 18.1 mm, 11 h.
Rome, 36th emission, AD 178.
Obv: M ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head, right.
Rev: COS III P P, Annona standing left, holding corn-ears in right hand over modius and cornucopia in left hand; to right, prow.
Refs: RIC 424; BMCRE 691; Cohen 151; RCV 4893; MIR 436-4/30.
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Cornucopia and Modius

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Laodikeia
Asia Minor, Phrygia
after 133 BC, roman rule
Obv.: Head of Laodice or Aphrodite right, long curl hanging down her neck, wearing stephane
Rev.: ΛAOΔI-KEΩN, double cornucopiae left, fillet hanging down on left
AE, 7.33g, 21mm
Ref.: BMC 39, SNG von Aulock 3803, SNG Munich 344

 

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Claudius
Quadrans, Roma 41 n.Chr.
Obv.: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG / Modius
Rev.: PON M TRP IMP COS DES IT, around SC
Ae, 3,33 g, 15/17 mm
Ref.: RIC 84, C 70

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Silver coin (AR Denarius) minted at Rome during the reign of TRAJAN in 108 A.D. Obv. IMP.TRAIANO.AVG.GER.DAC.P.M.TR.P.:  laur. hd. r. Rev. COS.V.P.P.S.P.Q.R.OPTIMO.PRINCIP.: Aequitas stg. l., holding scales and cornucopia. RCS #978. RSCII #85a. RICII #119 pg. 252. RCVSII #3122. (nearly centered, legends complete, good metal with light golden-grey tone, a pleasant coin).

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Modius as a main reverse motif

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Antoninus Pius ( 138-161) AR denarius Rome, 141-143
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III - laureate head right
Rev: ANNONA AVG, modius with four grain ears and a poppy.
RIC 62
2,56 g, 18 mm

Some of my favorite cornocopiae coins

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(on this Liberalitas is emptying coins from the cornucopiae!)

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And a coin about agricultural activities:

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Happy Thanksgiving to everybody,

Here is my Hadrianus coin.

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IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANUS AVG

head laur.r.

PM TRP COS III

Genius standing l., sacrificing out of patera over altar and holding cornucopiae.

  3.19 gr, 18.45 mm, Denarius, slightly rough surface

  A.D.119 – 122, RIC II  88 p 351

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