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Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
This type was issued to commemorate the founding of the Roman province Arabia Petraea, consisting of the former Nabataean kingdom in Jordan, the southern Levant, the Sinai Peninsula, and the northwestern area of the Arabian peninsula. Trajan completed the Via Nova Traiana, a road from Bostra through Petra to the port at Aqaba, made Bostra the capital of the province, and awarded Petra the status of metropolis. Unlike Armenia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria, Rome held Arabia long after Trajan's rule. In Diocletian's restructuring of the empire in 284 - 305, the province was enlarged to include parts of modern-day Israel. After Diocletian, Arabia became a part of the Diocese of Oriens ("the East"). In the Byzantine period, Arabia was the frontline of Byzantine-Sassanid Wars. In the 5th or 6th century, it was transformed into Palaestina Salutaris.
SH26657. Silver denarius
, RIC II
396b, RSC II
26, BMCRE III
474, SRCV II
-, aEF, attractive dark glossy toning
3.055g, maximum diameter
18.4mm, die axis
, 112 - 115 A.D.; obverse
IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI
P P, laureate bust
right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse
ARAB ADQ (in ex
) S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI
standing front, head
left, holding branch and bundle of cinnamon sticks, camel walking left behind at feet; SOLD
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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