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    Sister Of Trajan

    Diva Marciana, sister of Trajan (died AD 112). AR denarius (19mm, 3.12 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 112-114. DIVA AVGVSTA MARCIANA, draped bust of Marciana right, wearing large double stephane, the hair plaited and coiled at back of head / C[ONSEC]RATIO, eagle with spread wings flying upwards, body left but head turned right, holding scepter in both talons, the top of which passes across the bottom of the eagle's right wing. RIC (Trajan) 743 (R3). BMCRE (Trajan) 651. RSC 4. Very rare! Nicely toned. A pleasing Very Fine.  

    Marciana, Trajan's sister, and her daughter Matidia lived in the Imperial palace during his reign and were also honored on Trajan's coinage. Together with his wife Plotina, this circle of females is credited by some with influencing Trajan's reforms of taxation and the establishment of a welfare scheme to help the poor (Alimentia). Upon her death on 29 August AD 112, Marciana was formally deified and honored with this attractive denarius issue, depicting an eagle bearing a scepter (signifying Marciana's soul?) to the heavens. The scepter in this reverse type should thus not be regarded as a horizontal groundline dictating the orientation of the type, but should be viewed diagonally upwards at an angle of about 45 degrees. 


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