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111-112 AD Roman Egypt Billon Tetradrachm CH-VF NGC Trajan Agathodaemon Serpent


111-112 AD Roman Egypt Billon Tetradrachm CH-VF NGC Trajan Agathodaemon Serpent

  • 111-112 AD Roman Egypt Billon Tetradrachm coin
  • Issued under the rule of Trajan, the 13th Emperor of the Roman Empire (98-117 AD)
    • Officially declared by the Senate as optimus princeps ("the best ruler"), Trajan is remembered as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death
    • He is also known for his philanthropic rule, overseeing extensive public building programs and implementing social welfare policies, which earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world
  • Obverse features a bust of the emperor, facing right
  • Reverse depicts a serpent agathodaemon holding a caduceus, facing right
    • In ancient Greek religion, Agathos Daimon or Agathodaemon (Greek: ἀγαθὸς δαίμων, "noble spirit") was a daemon or presiding spirit of the vineyards and grain fields and a personal companion spirit, similar to the Roman genius, ensuring good luck, health, and wisdom
  • Minted in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Struck from billon (copper or bronze, with a small quantity of silver)
  • Diameter: 24 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 12.93 grams
  • Slabbed by NGC with the title "EGYPT, ALEXANDRIA  //  Trajan, AD 98-117  //  Bl Tetradrachm (12.93g)  //  rv agathodaimon-serpent  //  yr.15 (AD 111/2)"
  • Condition: Graded as Choice Very Fine (CH-VF) by NGC
  • NGC comments: Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5
  • NGC certification number: 3895198-002

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JBC 12/3/14