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Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Berytus, Phoenicia
The ceremonial founding of a new Roman colony included plowing a furrow, the pomerium, a sacred boundary, around the site of the new city.
Rouvier notes that this type is very often incorrectly attributed to earlier emperors as the legend is frequently missing and the portrait resembles those of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nerva.
RP84807. Bronze AE 26, Sawaya
cf. 540 (D98/-, unlisted reverse
die); RPC Online
III 3832 (23 spec.); BMC Phoenicia
p. 64, 814; SNG Cop
AUB 52; Rouvier
520, F, tight flan
slightly off center, Berytus
(Beirut, Lebanon) mint, weight
14.082g, maximum diameter
26.1mm, die axis
, 98 - 102 A.D.; obverse
IMP NER TRAIAN CAES
- AVG GERM
P P, laureate head
•COL / IVL - AVG - FEL - BER• (Colonia Julia Augusta Felix Berytus
, FEL is upside down in exergue
), veiled founder-priest plowing right with two oxen, plowing sacred pomerium around city; $60.00
Catalog current as of Saturday, March 23, 2019.
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