Trajan AE Sestertius REX PARTHIS DATVS - "A King Given to Parthia

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  1. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Roma lots arrived! Still sifting through the piles, but this one I feel deserves a standalone thread!

    Trajan AE Sestertius, AD 116.
    IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right
    REX PARTHIS DATVS, Trajan seated left on platform, presenting Parthamaspates to kneeling Parthian
    Trajan AE Sestertius REX PARTHIS DATIS Presenting Parthamaspates to kneeling Parthia.jpg

    Parthamaspates was a Parthian prince, the son of then-king Osroes, who had spent most of his life living in Rome in exile. When Trajan decided to invade Parthia to capitalize on the protracted civil war between Osroes and Vologases III, he brought Parthamaspates along to have a native who was sympathetic to Rome. Trajan succeeded in briefly dethroning Osroes when he captured Ctesiphon, and although he originally intended to subjugate the whole of Parthia, he decided it would be more prudent to install Parthamaspates on the throne, just as Augustus had done with Vonones a century prior. Almost immediately after the withdrawal of Trajan's troops, the forces of Osroes deposed Parthamaspates, who fled to Rome and was later installed by Hadrian as the client king of Osroene (Edessa) until his own death in 123.

    Let's see those related coins! Any more of the type floating out there?
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  3. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps emperor Lucius Verus did a better job:

    P1150778bVIC PAR3 2x.jpg
  4. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    I have a Rex Parthis Datus sestertius:
    And a related piece, Regna Adsignata, referring to Trajan's establishment of three other local rulers during his Parthian campaign:
    Trajan Regna Adsignata.jpg
  5. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Regna Adsignata- Assigning kingdoms
  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Lucius Verus Armeniacus type:

    Lucius Verus, 161-169 A.D.

    Type: AE As, 25.5 mm 12.1 grams, R1 according to ACSearch

    Obverse: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, Bare-Headed Bust Facing Right

    Reverse: TRP IIII IMP II COS III, Emperor on Horseback Charging right holding spear, riding down foe.

    Reference: TBD, not in Wildwinds - edit: RIC 1404, rare type


  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That's a gorgeous sestertius, @Finn235, and its reverse type is historically important.

    I don't have anything so significant, but here's one with the same titulature.

    Trajan, AD 98-117.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.20 g, 18.3 mm, 6 h.
    Rome, AD 117.
    Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC, laureate and draped bust, right.
    Rev: PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Providentia, draped, standing left, pointing with right hand at large globe left, and holding vertical scepter in left, left elbow resting on column; PRO VID left and right in field.
    Refs: RIC 361; BMCRE 640-44; Cohen 313; RCV 3154; Woytek 580v; UCR 764; Wulfing 712.
  8. eparch

    eparch Well-Known Member

    Here is mine


    and another where Trajan is again on a high platform


    Trajan Æ Sestertius. Rome, AD 114-117.

    IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery over far shoulder

    Emperor seated on platform right, accompanied by two officers, addressing six soldiers below; three standards in the background, IMPERATOR VIII S•C in exergue.
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