Countermarked Trajan SC in wreath series from Antioch

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  1. Roman Collector

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    Interesting countermark on this one.

    Trajan Antioch AE.jpg
    Trajan, AD 98-117.
    Roman Provincial Æ 29 mm, 15.86 g, 12 h.
    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AD 115-116.
    Obv: ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙϹ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟϹ ΑΡΙϹΤ ϹΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΔΑΚ, laureate head, right. Countermark: laurel branch in incuse rectangle, Howgego 378 (69 sp.).
    Rev: S·C in laurel wreath; Є below.
    Refs: RPC III 3616; cf. BMC 20, p. 185, 286 (with same countermark); Wruck 196; McAlee 489(e).
    Notes: The Greek obverse inscription corresponds to the Latin IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, in use on Imperial obverse inscriptions from AD 115-116.* According to, this is one of a group of countermarks on eastern provincial coins with possible links to the legionary administration of the eastern frontier towards Persia. The countermark was applied before A.D. 132-135.

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    *Mattingly, Harold. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum. Vol. III: Nerva to Hadrian, British Museum, 1966, p. lxiv.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2019
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  3. ominus1

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    ..huh....yeah it is...i've never seen one quite like it RC :)
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  4. Marsyas Mike

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  6. Marsyas Mike

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    That "Automan" collector on FORVM has an awesome collection of countermarks - and his descriptions are loaded with detail. He really knows his stuff. I hope he joins Coin Talk and helps me straighten out all my countermark messes and mysteries.
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  7. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Very interesting, I like it a lot. I'd like to add a few countermarks to my collection as well.
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