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Trajan, 98-117 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, struck 98-99 AD, Published in RPC, Prieur Plate Coin

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Information: Prieur Plate coin and published in RPC. This coin is published 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)
Origin: Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Authority: Trajan
Denomination: AR Tetradrachm
Composition: Silver
Date: 98-99 AD: B, on the reverse legend = second consultate
Obverse: AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right, wearing aegis
Reverse: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΒ, Eagle seen from the front, head left, wreath in beak, and wings spread, standing on thunderbolt with circular grip and large straight fillets attached
Size: 26.18mm, 14.2g, 6h
Grade: gVF, fine style, well struck, nicely toned, graffiti in reverse field
Rarity: Exceedingly rare
Rarity Details: only one known to Prier, and four specimens cited by the authors of RPC, including this coin; only two specimens in auction records (including this coin)
Provenance: Pedigreed: Prieur Plate Coin; published in Roman Provincial Coinage volume III; from the Michel Prieur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 449 (31 July 2019), Lot 317
References: Prieur 1489A (Tyre; this coin cited and illustrated); McAlee 429; RPC III 3515/3 (this coin); Wruck 140; cf. Butcher p. 82, 4 (no aegis, eagle head right); cf. BMC Galatia p. 185, 288 (same); cf. SGICV 1077
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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