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    Trajan (AD 98-117). AR Restoration Issue denarius (20mm, 3.17 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 4/5 - 4/5. Moneyer Faustus Cornelius Sulla, Rome, AD 107. FEELIX, diademed bust of Hercules (or Sulla?) right, wearing lion skin / IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GER DAC P P REST, Diana driving biga right, holding reins and lituus; crescent and two stars above, one star below, FAVSTVS before. RIC II 793.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex Freeman & Sear with old stock tag priced at $6500.

    The restoration issues of Trajan (AD 98-117) were intended to link his regime to the virtues of the Republic and previous deified (and successful) emperors, Vespasian among them. They had the dual purpose of introducing a new, slightly lighter monetary standard for both the gold and silver coinage. Earlier aurei and denarii were recalled, melted down, and replaced both with regular issues of Trajan and "restored" examples of the coins being replaced. These restitution issues were struck only in token numbers and remain extremely rare today.


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    6th-7th Sunday-Monday
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