Trajan, 98-117 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, struck 98-99 AD, RPC Plate Coin, Prieur Plate Coin
Ruler/Emperor:
Trajan
City/Region:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
98-99 AD (COS II)
Obverse:
AYTOKP KAIC NEP TRAIANOC CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head of Trajan, right
Reverse:
ΔHMARPX EΞ YΠAT B, Eagle seen from front, head right, wreath in beak, and wings spread, standing on thunderbolt with circular grip and few or no fillets attached
Size:
28.24mm, 14.5g, 7h
Grade:
aVF, toned, some 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: RPC Plate Coin; Prieur Plate Coin; From the Michael Prieur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 443 (1 May 2019), Lot 318; Ex Giessener Münzhandlung 67 (2 May 1994), Lot 483
References:
Prieur 1486 (Tyre; this coin cited and illustrated); McAlee 426; RPC III 3511/4 (this coin cited and illustrated); Wruck 139; Butcher p. 82, 4-5; BMC Galatia p. 185, 288; cf. SGICV 1077

List of references used by Ancient Coin Traders


RPC and Prieur Plate coin. This coin is cited and illustrated in two standard references: Amandry, M., A. Burnett & J. Mairat. Roman Provincial Coinage III, From Nerva to Hadrian (AD 96–138). (London & Paris, 2015); and Prieur, M. & K. Prieur. The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and their fractions from 57 BC to AD 258. (Lancaster, PA, 2000)

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.