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Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

Marcus Ulpius Traianus, a brilliant general and administrator, was adopted and proclaimed emperor by the aging Nerva in 98 A.D. Regarded as one of Rome's greatest emperors, Trajan was responsible for the annexation of Dacia, the invasion of Arabia and an extensive and lavish building program across the empire. Under Trajan, Rome reached its greatest extent. Shortly after the annexation of Mesopotamia and Armenia, Trajan was forced to withdraw from most of the new Arabian provinces. While returning to Rome to direct operations against the new threats, Trajan died at Selinus in Cilicia.Roman Dominions in the Time of Trajan

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Sepphoris, Galilee, Judaea

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Sepphoris,| |Galilee,| |Judaea||AE| |26|
At the crossroads of the Via Maris and the Acre-Tiberias roads, Sepphoris was the capital of Galilee and Herod Antipas' first capital. Damaged by a riot, Antipas ordered Sepphoris be rebuilt. Flavius Josephus described the rebuilt Sepphoris as the "ornament of all Galilee." Since Sepphoris was only five miles north of Nazareth, Jesus and Joseph may have found work in Antipas' rebuilding projects. Sepphoris was built on a hill and visible for miles. This may be the city that Jesus spoke of when he said, "A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."
JD110765. Bronze AE 26, RPC Online III 3937; Rosenberger III 4; Sofaer 2; SNG ANS 1088; SNG Cop 3; BMC Palestine p. 1, 5; Meshorer City Coins 88; De Saulcy 2; Baramki AUB 3, Choice F, attractive portrait for the grade, brown tone, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 13.668 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 0o, Sepphoris (Tzipori National Park, Israel) mint, 98 - 117 A.D.; obverse TPAIANOΣ AYTOKPATΩP EΔΩKEN, laureate head right; reverse eight-branched palm bearing two bunches of dates, ΣEΠ-ΦΩ/PH-NΩN (Sepphoris) in two lines divided by tree trunk; $160.00 (147.20)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Bostra, Arabia

|Roman| |Arabia|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Bostra,| |Arabia||drachm|
Bostra was the northern Nabataean capital, until Trajan annexed the kingdom. It was then capital of Provincia Arabia, where the Third Legio Cyrenaica was garrisoned. The emperor Philip was born in Bostra and designated it a metropolis. This type was almost certainly struck with silver from the Nabatean treasury. Some specimens appear to have been overstruck on Nabatean drachms.
RS111192. Silver drachm, cf. Metcalf Tell Kalak 15 - 17; Sydenham Cappadocia 184, 185, 189 (Caesarea); BMC Galatia p. 54, 62 var. (Caesarea, no drapery), aVF, dark tone, tight flan, a few small scratches, weight 2.912 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 180o, Bostra (Bosra, Syria) mint, Jan 112 - Aug 114 A.D.; obverse AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIAN CEB ΓEPM ΔAK, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse ΔHMAPX EΞ IΣ (or Z, or H) YΠAT Σ (holder of Tribunitian power for 16 (or 17, or 18) years, consul for the 6th time), Arabia standing facing, head left, branch in right, bundle of cinnamon sticks in left, camel left in background on left; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $120.00 (110.40)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Ptolemais, Galilee, Syria Palestina

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Ptolemais,| |Galilee,| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |26|
Ptolemais was a maritime city of Galilee (Acts 21:7). It was originally Accho (or Akko), but was renamed Ptolemais under the rule of Ptolemy Soter.
RP111781. Bronze AE 26, RPC III 3911; BMC Phoenicia p. 132, 19; Sofaer 135; Baramki AUB 13; Kadman 97; Rosenberger 47; SNG Cop -, gF, green patina, red earthen deposits, a little rough, weight 10.707 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0o, Galilee, Ake Ptolemais (Acre, Israel) mint, obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPT AVG GER DA PAR, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse COL PTOL, Tyche seated right on rock, wearing veil and kalathos on head, holding stalks of grain downward in right, river god swimming right below; ex CNG e-auction 510 (23 Feb 2022), lot 499; ex Dr. Jay M. Galst Collection; $100.00 (92.00)


Sardes, Lydia, c 98 - 117 A.D.

|Sardes|, |Sardes,| |Lydia,| |c| || |98| |-| |117| |A.D.||AE| |17|
CTP in the reverse legend identifies the magistrate, Lo. Io. Libonianos, as a strategos. Strategos, plural strategoi, is Greek meaning "general." In the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Empires the term was also used to describe a military governor. In the modern Greek army, it is the highest officer rank.
RP99970. Bronze AE 17, RPC Online III 2393 (18 spec.); SNG Cop 508; SNG Leypold 1201; SNG Tatis 757; Imhoof-Blumer LS p. 139, 13; BMC Lydia p. 246, 75; Winterthur 3917, VF, near centered, dark green patina, light scratches, light earthen deposits, weight 2.786 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, time of Trajan, c. 98 - 117 A.D; obverse CAPΔIA-NΩN, draped youthful bust of Dionysus right, wearing ivy wreath; reverse CTP ΛO IO ΛI-BΩNIANOY, filleted thyrsus, bee to right; $80.00 (73.60)


Le Monete Di Traiano Catalogo Del Civico Gabinetto Numismatico Museo Archeologico Di Milano, 1973

|Roman| |Books|, |Le| |Monete| |Di| |Traiano| |Catalogo| |Del| |Civico| |Gabinetto| |Numismatico| |Museo| |Archeologico| |Di| |Milano,| |1973|
The catalogue of the coins of Trajan at the Civic Numismatic Museum, Archaeological Museum Of Milan.
BK18271. Le Monete Di Traiano Catalogo Del Civico Gabinetto Numismatico Museo Archeologico Di Milano, in Italian, hardcover, small stain on spine, linen covering loose at spin, LX plus 67 pages, 25 plates, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $50.00 (46.00)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Tiberias, Galilee

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Tiberias,| |Galilee||AE| |15|
Tiberias was founded by Herod Antipas in 20 A.D. on the shore of Galilee and served as the capital of the province until 61 A.D. In time Tiberias became a very important Jewish religious center.
JD110722. Bronze AE 15, RPC Online III 3930; SNG ANS 1105; Lindgren 1488; BMC Palestine p. 7, 18; Rosenberger III 10; Sofaer 7; Kindler Tiberias 5, F, porous, weight 2.605 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 0o, Galilee, Tiberias (Israel) mint, 107 - 108 A.D.; obverse AY KAI NE TPAIANOC CE ΓEΔ (Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus), laureate head right; reverse TIBEP KΛAY, anchor, date L - (year 90) flanking shaft; rare; $50.00 (46.00)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||dichalkon|
The Hemhem crown, also known as the triple Atef crown, was symbol of Pharaonic power and authority credited with magical abilities that would protect Egypt from any enemy. It originated during the 18th dynasty was first seen in an image of the pharaoh Akhenaten in a tomb at Amarna. A Hemhem crown is worn Tutankhamen on the back of the gilded throne discovered in his tomb. No examples of this type of crown are known to have survived.
RX94981. Bronze dichalkon, Geissen 643; BMC Alexandria p. 68, 561; Milne 710; SNG Cop 265; SRCV II 3320; Kampmann 27.574; Emmett 707/7 (R5); Dattari -, VF, green patina, earthen deposits, bumps, marks, irregular flan shape. reverse edge beveled, weight 1.631 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 113 - 28 Aug 114 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse no legend, Hemhem crown, L I-Z (year 17) in lower field flanking ram horns; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $45.00 (41.40)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Tiberias, Galilee

|Roman| |Judea| |&| |Palestina|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Tiberias,| |Galilee||AE| |14|
Tiberias was founded by Herod Antipas in 20 A.D. on the shore of Galilee and served as the capital of the province until 61 A.D. In time Tiberias became a very important Jewish religious center.
JD111121. Bronze AE 14, RPC Online III 3930; SNG ANS 1105; Lindgren 1488; BMC Palestine p. 7, 18; Rosenberger III 10; Sofaer 7; Kindler Tiberias 5, aF, highlighting earthen deposits, porous, weight 2.554 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 0o, Galilee, Tiberias (Israel) mint, 107 - 108 A.D.; obverse AY KAI NE TPAIANOC CE ΓEΔ (Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus), laureate head right; reverse TIBEP KΛAY, anchor, date L - (year 90) flanking shaft; rare; $45.00 (41.40)







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