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    Choice AU Trajan

    Trajan (AD 98-117). AV aureus (20mm, 7.72 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 98-99. IMP CΛES NERVΛ TR-ΛIΛN ΛVG GERM, laureate head of Trajan right / PONT MAX TR POT COS II, Germania, nude to waist, seated left on pile of shields, resting left arm on hexagonal shield and holding olive branch in outstretched right hand. RIC 15. BMCRE 8. Cohen 290. Calicó 1070. A few scattered surface marks and lightly granular surfaces consistent with salt water immersion. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU 5/5 - 3/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Leu 72 (Zurich, 12 May 1998), lot 426. 

    Trajan was governor of Germania Superior, in command of Legio VII Gemina, when he was adopted by the embattled Emperor Nerva as his chosen successor. Upon Nerva's death and Trajan's accession in January of AD 117, Trajan was granted the title of Germanicus by the senate, more reflective of his successful tenure as governor of that province than any plans of conquest east of the Rhine that may have been entertained. The female figure of Germania on the reverse of this aureus type is shown seated on a pile of arms, but holding the olive branch of peace, reflective of Germania's rather ambivalent position as both an Imperial province (nearer Germany, west of the Rhine) and "Free Germany," inhabited by dangerous hostile tribesman who had thrown off the Roman yoke in the time of Augustus. 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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