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    Trajan (AD 98-117). Orichalcum sestertius (23.61 gm). Rome, ca. AD 112-114. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / Via Traiana reclining left, resting on rock and holding wheel. RIC 636v (drapery). Dark green patina. NGC Choice Fine 5/5 - 3/5, lt. smoothing.

    A historically important type. This coin is remarkable for the reverse personification of a road. The Via Traiana Nova - not to be confused with the Via Traiana in Italy - leading from Syria to Egypt was constructed to replace the ancient King's Highway as part of the infrastructure necessary for Trajan's major offensive against the Parthian Empire. This new highway was critical for moving troops to the eastern front during later Roman wars with the Parthians and Sasanians, and for policing troubled areas like Judaea. In later times, the Via Traiana Nova became a major pilgrimage route for Christians traveling to Jerusalem and Moslems traveling to Mecca.


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