Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Andres2, Mar 1, 2021.
Please show your Melqart / Trajan tets
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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?
Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)
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.
Prieur 1515; BMC Phoenicia pg. 301, 15
Thank you. The theory reminds me of the similar one set forth in the Woytek & Butcher article I've cited on occasion, arguing that Trajan's camel drachms, traditionally ascribed to Arabia Bostra, were actually minted in Rome for use in Arabia.
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.
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
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
Ref : Sear #1088 var, Prieur # 1495_179
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