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ID:     812923
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Macrinus
Date Ruled:     AD 217-218
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD fall 217
Diameter:     18 mm
Weight:     2.56 g
Die Axis:     7 h
Obverse Legend:     IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG
Obverse Description:     Laureate and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     ANNONA AVG
Reverse Description:     Anonna seated left, holding cornucopia and grain ears; modius filled with grain ears at feet to left
Mint:     Rome
Primary Reference:     RIC 055
Reference2:     RSC 008
Reference3:     Szaivert series 004
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=124589
Grade:     Choice EF, lustrous with good metal
Notes:     An exceptional strike. Annona, a provision for one year usually in the form of grain, was occasionally personified as a deity emblematic of an emperor’s generosity unto the people. As the Severans had been especially liberal to the populace, Macrinus felt increased pressure to continue in their manner. The combination of diminishing funds and an ever-growing military, however, made such congiaria increasingly more difficult. 6th officina. 2nd emission