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Plotina, Wife of Trajan, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D.

Plotina was the wife of Trajan, married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100 Trajan awarded her with title of Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. Plotina did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of Trajan. Plotina died in 129 A.D.

Plotina, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D., Wife of Trajan, Ankyra in Abbaitis, Phrygia

|Other| |Phrygia|, |Plotina,| |Augusta| |105| |-| |129| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Trajan,| |Ankyra| |in| |Abbaitis,| |Phrygia||AE| |21|
Ankyra, the chief city of the district Abbaitis in western Phrygia, should not be confused with Ankyra in Galatia, the modern capital of Turkey.

The image on the reverse resembles sculptures of Artemis, the Lady of Ephesus, including one at the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and another at the Vatican. The Ionians worshiped Artemis as a mother goddess, akin to the Phrygian Cybele. Her cult image was adorned with multiple rounded breast like protuberances on her chest. They have been variously interpreted as accessory breasts, eggs, grapes, acorns, or even bull testes. Excavation at the site of the Artemision in 1987/8 found a multitude of tear-shaped amber beads that once adorned the ancient wooden xoanon.
Artemis
RP99610. Bronze AE 21, RPC Online III 2536 (6 spec.); BMC Phrygia p. 61, 21; Waddington 5638; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Munchen -; SNG Tb -; SNG Leypold -, aF, green patina, closed flan crack, reverse scratches, scattered small shallow pitting, off center, weight 5.108 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, Ankyra in Abbaitis (Ankara, Turkey) mint, 112 - Aug 117 A.D.; obverse ΠΛΩTEINA CEBACTH (from upper right), draped bust right, hair in plait behind; reverse ANKYPANΩN EΠI ΛOVKIOY (Ankyra, struck under magistrate Loikios), cult statue of Artemis standing facing, kalathos on head, arms extended with supports, flanked by two stags; very rare; $250.00 (237.50)


Plotina, Wife of Trajan, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D.

|Plotina|, |Plotina,| |Wife| |of| |Trajan,| |Augusta| |105| |-| |129| |A.D.||sestertius|
Plotina, the wife of Trajan, was married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100, Trajan awarded her with title Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. Plotina did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of Trajan. Plotina died in 129 A.D.
RB04791. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II Trajan 740 (R3), Cohen II 12, BMCRE III Trajan 1080, Woytek 7111, Strack 441, BnF IV 730, Banti 1, SRCV II 1060, aF, weight 21.59 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 112 - Aug 117 A.D.; obverse PLOTINA AVG IMP TRAIANI, draped bust right; reverse FIDES AVGVST, Fides standing right, two stalks of grain at side in right hand, raising basket of fruit in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; rare; SOLD


Plotina, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D., Wife of Trajan, Gordus-Julia, Lydia

|Plotina|, |Plotina,| |Augusta| |105| |-| |129| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Trajan,| |Gordus-Julia,| |Lydia||AE| |22|
"The colonial coins of Plotina are, according to Vaillant, of the highest degree of rarity. Amongst those bearing Latin inscriptions are issues from Cassendreia in Macedonia, and Corinth in Achaia." -- Dictionary of Roman Coins
RP83943. Bronze AE 22, RPC online III 2550 (11 spec.); SNG Munchen 189; BMC Lydia p. 92, 18; Prowe-Egger 1460; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aF, dark patina, legends mostly weak/unstruck, porosity, small edge chip/crack, weight 4.137 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Gordus-Julia mint, magistrate Poplius, c. 112 - 117 B.C.; obverse ΠΛΩTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right, hair in plait behind; reverse ΓOP∆HNΩN EΠI ΠOΠΛIOY, Zeus seated left on throne, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; very rare; SOLD







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PLOTINAAVGDIVI
PLOTINAAVGIMPTRAIANI
PLOTINAAVGVSTAIMPTRAIANI
PLOTINAAVGVSTAIMPTRAIANICAES
PLOTINAEAVG


REFERENCES|

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Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappes sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 2: Nerva to Antoninus Pius. (Paris, 1883).
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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 rmischen Reichsprgung des zweiten Jahrhunderts, Teil 1: Die Reichsprgung zur Zeit des Traian. (Stuttgart, 1931).
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Woytek, B. Die Reichsprgung des kaisers Traianus (98-117). MIR 14. (Vienna, 2010).

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