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    Trajan's Deified Father

    Trajan (AD 98-117), with Divus Trajan Pater (died ca. AD 100?). AV aureus (19mm, 7.07 gm, 6h). NGC Choice XF ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 112-117. ·IMP· TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust of Trajan right / DIVVS· PATER TRAIANVS·, draped bust of the deified M. Ulpius Trajanus (Trajan the Elder) to right, bust viewed from front. RIC 764 (R2). Cohen 3. BMCRE 506 note. Woytek 402v. Calicó 1136 (R4). Extremely rare. An attractive and impressive aureus, possessing a powerful and expressive portrait of Trajan's deified father. Likely the finest surviving specimen of this evocative type!

    Trajan's biological father, Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, came from a well-to-do family in Italica in southern Spain and soon won a high reputation both in political and military affairs. During the Jewish War of 65-70, he commanded Legio X Fretensis and earned enough distinction to be named Consul by Vespasian in AD 70. He subsequently governed Syria in the mid-70s, repelling an invasion by the Parthians, and won a high proconsular post in Asia under Titus. His death date is unknown, but he likely survived long enough to see his son adopted by Nerva and raised to the purple in AD 98. In AD 112 the Senate ordered Trajan Senior deified, an event marked by the issuance of this extremely rare aureus. As Nerva had already been deified, Trajan had the unique distinction of of claiming two gods as his fathers.

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