᷅  <font color=\"#FF0000\"><b>SOLD</b></font color>: Trajan, 98-117 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, Melqart-Herakles, struck 112 AD, McAlee Plate Coin
Ruler/Emperor:
Trajan
City/Region:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
112 AD (COS VI)
Obverse:
AYTOKP KAIC NEP TRAIANOC CEB ΓEPM ΔAK, Laureate head of Trajan, right; below, eagle standing right, wings folded, club in field below head
Reverse:
ΔHMARPX EΞ IϚ YΠAT Ϛ, Laureate bust of Melqart-Herakles right, lion-skin around neck, knotted in front
Size:
25.59mm, 13.5g, 7h
Grade:
gVF, boldly struck, well centred, toned, light scratches
Rarity:
very rare, only five known to Prieur, three in CoinArchives, and nine specimens cited by the authors of RPC, including this coin
Provenance:
pedigreed: McAlee Plate coin; cited in RPC III; from the Michael Prieur Collection; from the Richard McAlee Collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 443 (1 May 2019), Lot 343; ex Lanz 72 (29 May 1995), Lot 581
References:
McAlee 461 (this coin cited and illustrated); RPC III 3542/26 (this coin cited); Prieur 1516 (Tyre); Wruck 162; BMC Phoenicia p. 301, 16; cf. Butcher p. 91, 2; cf. SGICV 1088 (for type)

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McAlee Plate coin. This coin is cited and illustrated in McAlee, Richard. The Coins of Roman Antioch. (Lancaster, PA, 2007); also cited in Amandry, M., A. Burnett & J. Mairat. Roman Provincial Coinage III, From Nerva to Hadrian (AD 96–138). (London & Paris, 2015).

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.