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    Sepphoris, Galilee. Trajan (98 - 117 AD). AE (25 X 27mm, 14.83 gm, 12h). Head of Trajan r., laureate; TPAIANOΣ AYTOKPATΩΡ Ε?ΩΚΕΝ (the Emperor Trajan gave) / Inscription in wreath: ΣΕΠΦΩ ΡΗΝΩΝ (of the people of Sepphoris). Ros. 3. Mesh. City Coins 87. BMC Palestine 1. Sofaer pl. 64,1. Samuels 228 (this coin). Green patina, earthen highlights. Very Fine/Very Fine plus.

    The obverse inscription on the four coin types struck at Sepphoris under Trajan are remarkable for their obverse inscription and their reverse designs. The inscription, which states that the "Emperor Trajan gave" is unique and does not appear elsewhere on coins. What did Trajan give to the people of Sepphoris? Perhaps it was the right to mint a series of coins that did not have traditional provincial reverses with pagan gods and temples, since this series of coins carried only neutral images on their reverses-wreath, palm tree, winged caduceus, and ears of grain.


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