Trajan, AE30, 98-117 AD, Cyrenaica and Crete, Cyrene, Zeus-Ammon, struck 103-111 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Trajan
City/Region:
Cyrenaica and Crete, Cyrene
Denomination:
AE30
Composition:
Brass
Date:
103-111 AD
Obverse:
AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB ΓΕΡΜ ΔΑΚ, Head of Trajan right, laureate; slight drapery on far shoulder
Reverse:
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ YΠΑΤ Ε, Head of Zeus-Ammon right, bearded and horned
Size:
30.12mm, 20.64g, 6h
Grade:
aVF, fine style, brown and tan surfaces with touches of red, some roughness
Rarity:
exceedingly rare
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 408 (25 October 2017), Lot 361
References:
cf. Metcalf p. 83, note 1 (for reattribution to Cyrene); Sydenham Caesarea 232; RPC III 5; SNG Copenhagen 217; BMC Galatia [Caesarea] p. 59, 112-115; Asolati 176B; Lindgren I 1703 var. (ΕΞ YΠΑΤ O); Rec Gen -; SNG ANS-; SNG Kikpe -; SNG Soutzos -; SGICV -

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An exceptionally well-preserved portrait of the finest style of Zeus-Ammon. Minted during the fifth consulship of Trajan.

Trajan was one of the greatest Roman Emperors. A former soldier, he expanded the Roman Empire to its largest size in history. A philanthropist who invested in social welfare and public building programs, he is known as the second of the Five Good Emperors. Cyrene was an ancient Greek and later, Roman city, located in what is today Shahhat, Libya. The city became a Roman province in 74 BC.