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Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia
Amphipolis was home to an imperial cult, worshiping the living emperor, and to a cult dedicated to Artemis Tauropolos. The obverse depicts Trajan as a military victor and probably copies an imperial statue. Artemis' most distinctive attributes were her bow and arrows but she was also called the torch-bearing goddess. This reverse likely depicts a local statue of Artemis Tauropolos. Artemis was honored at Amphipolis with torch-races called Lampadephoria.
GB90707. Bronze AE 20, Lindgren II
978 (same dies), Varbanov
7179 (R7), AMNG III
79, Hunterian I
6068, SNG ANS
-, SNG Cop
-, SNG TŁb
-, BMC Macedonia
-, F, Amphipolis mint, weight
6.620g, maximum diameter
20.2mm, die axis
, 25 Jan 98 - 8/9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse KAICAP
TPAIANOC, emperor on horseback galloping right, brandishing spear to strike a prostrate foe below; reverse
AMΦIΠOΛEITWN, Artemis Tauropolos
standing left, kalathos
, long torch before her in right hand, small branch in left hand downward at side
, grounded shield
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Catalog current as of Monday, May 27, 2019.
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