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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Trajan| > RY25067
Leucas, Coele Syria, 98 - 117 A.D., Trajan and Plotina(?)
As noted by Imhoof-Blumer, and reiterated by RPC, the obverse bust has similarities with heads of Trajan. The date had been misread as Claudian, leading to the misattribution as Claudius and Agrippina Jr. The coin is, in fact, probably later. The obverse bust seems to show the facial features of Trajan, wearing the radiate crown of Helios (the sun). The reverse has a crescent-crown over the bust of a woman. Perhaps the image can be viewed as the bust of Plotina, wearing the crescent-crown of Luna (the moon).
RY25067. Bronze AE 16, SGICV 508 var., Lindgren 2180, RPC I 4465 (refs list as Claudius and Agrippina Jr. RPC notes Trajan resemblance), F, Leucas mint, weight 3.120g, maximum diameter 16.1mm, die axis 0o, c. 98 - 117 A.D.; obverse ΛEVKA∆IWN, radiate male bust right; reverse KΛAV∆IEWN TWN KAI, female bust right, crescent above; scarce; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

PLOTINAAVGDIVI
PLOTINAAVGIMPTRAIANI
PLOTINAAVGVSTAIMPTRAIANI
PLOTINAAVGVSTAIMPTRAIANICAES
PLOTINAEAVG


REFERENCES|

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Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 2: Nerva to Antoninus Pius. (Paris, 1883).
Mattingly H. & E. Sydenham. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. II: Vespasian to Hadrian. (London, 1926).
Mattingly, H. & R.A.G. Carson. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, Vol. 3: Nerva to Hadrian. (London, 1936).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. I. Augustus to Nerva. (Oxford, 1962).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. II: The Accession of Nerva to the Overthrow of the Severan Dynasty AD 96 - AD 235. (London, 2002).
Strack, P.L. Untersuchungen zur römischen Reichsprägung des zweiten Jahrhunderts, Teil 1: Die Reichsprägung zur Zeit des Traian. (Stuttgart, 1931).
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Woytek, B. Die Reichsprägung des kaisers Traianus (98-117). MIR 14. (Vienna, 2010).

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