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    A Pedigree that Extends over a Century

    Trajan (AD 98-117). AV aureus (19mm, 7.24 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style, edge marks. Rome, AD 116. IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC PARTHICO, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan right, seen from behind / P M TR P COS VI P P S•P•Q•R, Parthia (on right), head facing, and Parthian captive (on left) seated on ground in attitude of mourning, bow case to either side, at base of military trophy consisting of a post to which are affixed a conical helmet, cuirass, two oval shields, cloak, greaves, and a wheel; PARTHIA CAPTA in exergue. RIC II 324. Woytek 560f. Cohen 184. Calicó 1035a (S3).

    From the Morris Collection. Ex. Leu 77 (11 May 2000), lot 547; Peus 270 (10 June 1969), lot 233; H. Osborne O'Hagan Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge, 13 July 1908), lot 271; Sir Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge, 10 June 1895), lot 589.

    This aureus commemorates the final great campaign of Trajan's career, his invasion and (temporary) annexation of the Parthian Empire. This massive offensive carried Roman arms all the way to the Persian Gulf and led to Trajan being compared to the Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great. But the campaign proved to be over-ambitious, and his health collapsed under the exertion of dealing with its aftermath. Trajan died in Cilicia on August 9, AD 117, after naming the capable Hadrian as his successor, who immediately abandoned the Parthian gains.


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