Trajan, 98-117 AD. Syria, Seleucia Pieria. Antioch, 109-110 AD

Trajan, 98-117 AD. Syria, Seleucia Pieria. Antioch, 109-110 AD


AR Tetradrachm, 14.30g (23mm, 7h). AYTOKP KAIC NЄP TPAIANOC CЄB ΓЄPM ΔAK Laureate head of Trajan to right above eagle standing right; behind to left, club / ΔHMAPX•ЄΞ•YΠATЄ• Laureate bust of Melqart-Herakles right, lion skin tied around neck.

References: McAlee 459. Prieur 1514. RPC III 3526

Grade: Minor scratches in the fields, otherwise, VF  (gk1056)

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Trajan was a Spanish born emperor of Rome. He is remembered for expanding the Roman empire to its largest under his reign. This particular coin was struck in Antioch. Trajan is displayed on the obverse and reverse shows a bust of Melqart, the Herakles of the region.

Seleucia Pieria was founded by Seleucus I, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, in 300 BC. The city was fought over by the Ptolemaic and Seleucid dynasties. It finally landed back into Seleucid hands and remained an independent state even throughout the Roman period. The greatest development occurred during Roman times as its proximity to water made it an ideal trade location.

Coins were abundantly produced throughout the Roman period.