RPC III, 4341.1


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume III
Number 4341.1
Province Egypt
Region Egypt
City Alexandria
Reign Trajan
Person (obv.) Trajan (Augustus)
Issue L IB = year 12
Dating AD 108/9
Obverse inscription ΑΥΤ ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ϹΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΔΑΚΙΚ
Nominative Imperator Traianus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus
Obverse design laureate bust of Trajan, right, nude and with aegis on left shoulder
Reverse inscription L ΙΒ
Reverse design Zeus standing, left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre; to left, eagle; to right, tree
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 36 mm
Axis 1
Specimens 2 (0 in the core collections)
Note None of the four coins with this design has a certain date. They were struck from two rev dies: K 518 and Amsterdam S3201; Matthijs and Amsterdam. So each rev. die is combined with both a normal-sized bust with aegis and a half-length bust with aegis; the latter is rare and does occur in year 12, but is frequent in years 16-18. That suggests one can rule out year 14 as a candidate for this design, and 12 seems more likely than 16 (preferred by Emmett, in litt.) because it looks to us more like a B than a Ϛ, and since the mixture of obv. busts seems more likely in year 12.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ Amsterdam
2 2     Cologne Geissen 518