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Augusta Traiana, Thrace

Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria today) was founded by Trajan, c. 106 A.D. During 2nd - 3rd century A.D., it was the second largest city in Roman Thrace, after Philippopolis, and was fortified by strong walls. The city struck bronze coins from the time of Marcus Aurelius to the reign of Gallienus.


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria today) was founded by Trajan, c. 106 A.D. During 2nd - 3rd century A.D., it was the second largest city in Roman Thrace, after Philippopolis, and was fortified by strong walls. The city struck bronze coins from the time of Marcus Aurelius to Gallienus.
SH68297. Bronze AE 28, Varbanov 1095 (R4) = Schönert-Geiss Augusta Traiana 300, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, Nice F, weight 15.539 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 0o, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AYT K M AYP CEYH ANTΩONINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from b; reverse AYΓOYCTHC TPAIANHC, city-gate flanked by two crenellated towers, a third crenellated tower in the center behind the gate; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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Hera (Juno to the Romans) is the wife and one of three sisters of Zeus in the Olympian pantheon of Greek mythology and religion. Hera's mother is Rhea and her father Cronus. Her chief function was as the goddess of women and marriage. The cow, lion and the peacock were considered sacred to her. Portrayed as majestic and solemn, often enthroned, and crowned with the kalathos. Hera was known for her jealous and vengeful nature against Zeus' lovers and offspring, but also against mortals who crossed her. Paris earned Hera's hatred by choosing Aphrodite as the most beautiful goddess.
RB73700. Bronze AE 32, Schönert-Geiss Augusta Traiana 117 (V49/R96); Varbanov II 1029 (R4); Mionnet supp. II p. 508, 178 var. (head); SNG Cop -, VF, dark green patina, some light corrosion, central cavities, weight 16.852 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 225o, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria today) mint, hegemon Statilus Barbarus, 196 - 198 A.D.; obverse AVK Λ CEΠTIM CEVHPOC Π, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse HΓ ET BAPBAPOY AVΓOVCTHC TPAIANHC, Hera standing facing, head left, wearing kalathos and veil, patera in right hand, transverse scepter in left hand; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria today) was founded by Trajan, c. 106 A.D. During 2nd - 3rd century A.D., it was the second largest city in Roman Thrace, after Philippopolis, and was fortified by strong walls. The city struck bronze coins from the time of Marcus Aurelius to Gallienus.
RP56086. Bronze AE 29, cf. Varbanov II 1213, Moushmov 3076, SNG Cop -, SNG Bar -, Lindgren -, SNG Righetti -, VF/F, weight 13.866 g, maximum diameter 29.3 mm, die axis 45o, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AVT M AVPHΛI ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right; reverse AYΓOYCTHC TPAIANHC, tetrastyle temple with conical roof on garlanded platform; statue of Artemis within standing right with bow and drawing arrow from quiver; temple flanked on each side by laurel tree with stag emerging from behind; perhaps tooled (we cannot find a decent example to compare), large bronze-interesting type; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria today) was founded by Trajan, c. 106 A.D. During 2nd - 3rd century A.D., it was the second largest city in Roman Thrace, after Philippopolis, and was fortified by strong walls. The city struck bronze coins from the time of Marcus Aurelius to Gallienus.
RB72359. Copper AE 30, Varbanov 1353 (R7) var. (also with two trees on rev), Moushmov -, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, Lindgren -, aF, rough, weight 12.720 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 180o, Augusta Traiana mint, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria); obverse AVT K Π CEΠT-MIOC ΓETA, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse AVΓOVCTHC TPAIANHC, wall with three towers on a hill, river god Istrus reclining left on waves below, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs with end draped over left arm, reeds in left hand, left elbow resting on urn from which water flows; very rare; SOLD


The Coins of Augusta Traiana

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872 photographed coins.
BK20310. The Coins of Augusta Traiana by M. Minokova , Stara Zagora, 2015, in Bulgarian, hardcover, cover wear, 229 pages, illustrated; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Laodicea ad Lycus, Phrygia

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In 363 A.D., the Council of Laodicea, a regional synod of approximately thirty clerics from Asia Minor, decided the doctrine of the Christian church and the contents of the Bible. They also formally renounced the Sabbath, on Saturday, and instituted a new Lord's Day, on Sunday.
RP82996. Leaded bronze AE 15, RPC I 2896, SNG Cop 553, gF, weight 3.093 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Lycus (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, c. 10 B.C.; obverse ΣEBAΣTOΣ, bare head right; reverse ΛAO∆IKEΩN ΣΩΣΘENHΣ, Zeus Laodiceus standing left holding eagle and scepter, wreath containing Z and N−Ω in the left field; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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Asklepios was the son of Apollo and a mortal woman named Coronis. Apollo killed Coronis for being unfaithful but rescued the unborn Asklepios from her womb. Apollo carried the baby to the centaur Chiron who raised Asclepius and instructed him in the art of medicine. In return for some kindness, a snake taught him secret knowledge of healing. Asclepius became so proficient as a healer that he surpassed both Chiron and his father, Apollo. Asclepius was even able to evade death and to bring the dead back to life. Zeus killed him to restore balance to the human population but later resurrected Asclepios as a god to prevent a feud with Apollo. Zeus instructed Asclepios to never revive the dead without his approval.
RP39123. Bronze AE 30, Varbanov II 1079, aVF, weight 15.912 g, maximum diameter 29.8 mm, die axis 30o, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AVT K M AVP CEVHP ANTΩNEINOC, laureate bust right; reverse AYΓOYCTHC TPAIANHC, Asklepios standing half-left, resting elbow on column, serpent-entwined staff in right; large bronze; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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Demeter in Greek mythology is the goddess of grain and fertility, the pure; nourisher of the youth and the green earth, the health-giving cycle of life and death; and preserver of marriage and the sacred law. In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, dated to about the seventh century B.C. she is invoked as the "bringer of seasons," a subtle sign that she was worshiped long before she was made one of the Olympians. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that also predated the Olympian pantheon.
RP39117. Bronze AE 31, Varbanov II 1107, gF, weight 17.334 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 180o, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AVT K M AVP CEVH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right; reverse AYΓOYCTHC TPAIANHC, Demeter standing left, veiled, holding phiale and long torch, at feet cista mystica from which serpent emerges; nicely centered large bronze; SOLD


Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RP51098. Bronze AE 19, Varbanov II 910, Schönert-Geiss Augusta Traiana 98, gF, green patina, weight 4.499 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV KAI Λ AVPEΛIOC OVEΠOC, laureate head right; reverse AVΓOVCTHC TPAIANHC, coiled serpent (the snake Agathodaimon); SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

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A crescent with horns up with a star or stars above and within probably represents a solar eclipse.
RP56063. Bronze AE 19, Varbanov II 1264, AMNG II 407, aVF, nice green patina, weight 3.387 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 197 - 209 A.D.; obverse Π CEΠTI ΓETAC K, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse AYΓ TPAIANHC, crescent and three stars; rare; SOLD




  




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Corpus Nummorum Thracorum - http://www.corpus-nummorum.eu/
Lindgren, H. Ancient Greek Bronze Coins. (Quarryville, 1993).
Lindgren, H. Ancient Greek Bronze Coins: European Mints. (San Mateo, 1989).
Minokova, M. "Supplementum at the coinage of Augusta Traiana" in Kongress Berlin 1997, pp. 703-705.
Minokova, M. The Coins of Augusta Traiana. (Stara Zagora, 2015).
Mionnet, T. Description de Médailles antiques grecques et romaines, Supplement 2: Thrace. (Paris, 1822).
Moushmov, N. Ancient Coins of the Balkan Peninsula. (1912).
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