Enigmatic Trajan

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  1. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    This bronze coin of Trajan had been struck in Rome for the Eastern part of the Roman Empire, probably Syria. It has large SC within oak wreath surrounded by legend " DAC
    PARTHICO " on reverse. It's listed as Semis, Dupondius, As, Orichalcum and more. They say it's an "enigmatic issue". I was astonished at the high values they assign to this coin, so long time ago. Attribution extends from RIC 644 to RIC 650. I don't know where my coin belongs. It weighs 8.5 g. Thanks..
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Tribunicia Potestas

    That's an interesting coin, thanks for showing it.
     
  4. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Trajan. 98-117 AD. Æ Semis (19mm, 4.9 g, 6h). Rome mint, for circulation in Syria. Struck 116 AD. Obv:Radiate and draped bust right. Rev: Large S•C within oak wreath, legend around. RIC II 645; BMCRE 1103.
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  5. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Saweet coin! Trajan is one of my favorites. Talk about a man's man. Nobody would wanna column out for a fight, that's fir shir.
    Here's my bronze bad @$$:
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    Trajan
    A.D. 98-117. AE semis (20.9 mm, 4.79 g). Struck for circulation in the East. Rome A.D. IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate head right, draped left shoulder / DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P, SC, legend around and within oak wreath. RIC 677; cf. BMCRE 1100 (Rome). Nearly VF Scarce.
     
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  6. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I like these, and yours is pretty nice! I've got 4, 2 of each...

    As:
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    Trajan, Ruled 98-117 AD
    Orichalcum As, Struck 115-116 AD

    Speculated to be struck in Rome for circulation in Syria/Antioch.
    Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate bust of Trajan right, with slight drapery.
    Reverse: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P, S C within laurel wreath.
    References: RIC 647, McAlee 509
    Size: 23mm, 7.97g

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    Trajan, Ruled 98-117 AD
    Orichalcum As, Struck 115-116 AD

    Speculated to be struck in Rome for circulation in Syria/Antioch.
    Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate bust of Trajan right, with slight drapery.
    Reverse: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P, S C within laurel wreath.
    References: RIC 647, McAlee 509
    Size: 23mm, 7.05g

    Semis:
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    Trajan, Ruled 98-117 AD,
    Orichalcum Semis, Struck 115-116 AD

    Speculated to be struck in Rome for circulation in Syria/Antioch.
    Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIM AVG GERM, radiate bust of Trajan right, with slight drapery.
    Reverse: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P, S C within laurel wreath.
    References: McAlee 519

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    Trajan, Ruled 98-117 AD,
    Orichalcum Semis, Struck 115-116 AD

    Speculated to be struck in Rome for circulation in Syria/Antioch.
    Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIM AVG GERM, radiate bust of Trajan right, with slight drapery.
    Reverse: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P, S C within laurel wreath.
    References: McAlee 519
     
  7. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I've been researching wreaths all week, so I'm quite tickled to see the second century examples posted here. Superb coins everyone!
     
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  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    One of each size. My as (top) and the beautiful semis posted by PeteB show the wreath tie offset to the left (under the S). Significant??? The ring at the top of the wreath on my as is similarly offset to the right (over the C). I assume this is just variation caused by each die being an individual work but we can dream of a hidden code that will be explained in the centuries to come. How many die cutters worked on these? Were the coins struck at Rome or were the dies Roman and shipped east for use in a mint there? There is plenty left for future investigators.
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  9. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    This "brass as" of Trajan has a countermark:

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    Trajan. A.D. 98-117.
    Roman orichalcum as, 8.49 g, 23.5 mm, 6 h.
    Struck in Rome for circulation in Syria (?); Struck in Antioch (?), AD 115/16.
    Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate and draped bust right; c/m: bucranium within incuse punch.
    Rev: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P around laurel wreath enclosing large SC.
    Refs: RIC 647; BMCRE 1094; Cohen 123; RCV 3243; Woytek 937v; McAlee 509; Strack 479; BN 953-5. For c/m: Pangerl 63; Howgego 294.
     
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