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Trajan, 98-117 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Didrachm, struck 100 AD, Published in RPC, McAlee Plate Coin

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Information: This coin is illustrated in McAlee, Richard. The Coins of Roman Antioch. (Lancaster, PA, 2007).
Origin: Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Authority: Trajan
Denomination: AR Didrachm
Composition: Silver
Date: 100 AD; Γ on reverse legend = Consulship III
Obverse: AYTOKP·KAIC·NEP·TPAINANOC CEB·ΓEPM, Laureate head of Trajan right, wearing aegis
Reverse: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ·ΕΞ·ΥΠΑΤ·Γ, Eagle standing left, wings folded; palm branch behind; club in field left
Size: 22.42mm, 6.7g, 6h
Grade: Fine, toned
Rarity: exceedingly rare
Rarity Details: only one of only four cited by the authors of RPC.
Provenance: Pedigreed: Ex Richard McAlee Collection; from the Michel Prieur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 449 (31 July 2019), Lot 320
References: McAlee 485 (this coin cited and illustrated); RPC III 3580.3 (this coin); Prieur 1484 var. (bust type; Tyre); Butcher p. 82, 15 var. (bust type)
General: 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.
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