Marcus Cocceius Nerva Caesar Augustus was Roman Emperor from 96 to 98. He became emperor after his predecessor Domitian was assassinated following a conspiracy involving members of the Praetorian Guard and several freedmen.


Nerva was 66 when he was made emperor, and he inherited a troubled empire. He was old, childless, and was a career administrator with almost no public profile. It is likely that he was chosen as a “safe” temporary choice so that the Senate and other interested parties had time to bring a successor into the public eye.

And indeed, within a year a palace revolt by the guard forced him to choose a young and popular general – Trajan – as his successor. Three months later Nerva died of natural causes and Trajan ascended to the imperial throne.

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I have a single coin of Nerva.

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