Trajanus and Melqart Tetradrachm

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  1. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    After reading the July 2020 thread by DonnaML about this coin, I bought a similar coin from Leu Numismatik.

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    Please show your Melqart / Trajan tets
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  3. DonnaML

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    Wonderful! I love this type of coin. Here's the one I bought last summer, RPC III 3526, COS III, from 100 AD:

    version 1 Trajan-Melqart Tyre, Phoenicia 100 AD jpg version.jpg

    Mine is supposedly from Tyre in Phoenicia, so I find it interesting that Leu described yours as being minted in Rome for Seleucis & Pieria in Syria. Do you know of any article or other explanation discussing this opinion?
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Very nice, congrats.

    Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)
    Phoenicia, Tyre
    AR Tetradrachm
    Dated COS 5, year 15 (111 AD)
    O: AVTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB ΓEPM ∆AK, Laureate head right set on eagle standing right; club to left.
    R: ∆HMAPX - EΞ IE YΠAT E, laureate bust of Melqart draped in lion-skin.
    Tyre Mint
    Prieur 1515; BMC Phoenicia pg. 301, 15
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  7. Terence Cheesman

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    Trajan Ar Tetradrachm Antioch but most likely Rome 103-111 AD Obv. Head right laureate set on eagle. Rv. Head of Melkart Hercules right with lion skin wrapped around neck. MC Alee 455A RPC III 3529 25 mm Photo by W. Hansen anttrajan2.jpg In my mind the theory that many of these coins were minted at Rome is because of style. The coins minted in Rome have a very distinctive style which would be very difficult to duplicate even if someone had the need or the desire to do so. In reference to DonnaML post yes I have read that as well and I further believe that most of the tridrachms ascribed to that mint are minted in Rome as well.
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  8. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Nice addition. These are fun coins and feel and look great in hand. Congrats!

    Phoenicia, Tyre
    Trajan (AD 98 - 117)
    AR Tetradrachm, Tyre mint
    Dia.: 26 mm
    Wt. 13.67 g
    Obv.: Laureate head of Trajan right, club and eagle below.
    Rev.: Laureate head of Melqart right with lion skin around neck.
    Ref.: Prieur 1495ff
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  9. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    A must have for sure : welcome to the club !!

    ROMAN EMPIRE, TRAJAN Tetradrachm, Prieur 1495 Tyre mint, c. AD 110-111
    ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙC ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟC CΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΔΑΚ, Laureate bust of Trajan right, eagle in field
    ΔΗΜΑΡΚ ΕΞ ΥΠΑTΕ, Laureate bust of Melkhart right
    15.34 gr
    Ref : Sear #1088 var, Prieur # 1495_179

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