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AE Trajan As 98-117 A.D.(12.0g) minted c.107-111 A.D.acc.to HJB minted c.104-107 A.D. acc.to Philip V.Hill(1970) O: Laur.bust r. with aegis, IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AUG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP; BMC 950 PL 37.4(same dies); C-569 var; RIC 584 R: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI; Dacian Shield and arms G: "Near Mint State/Absolute Mint State. Amazing Coin" S: Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. 80th B/B Sale(lot 508); 1/18/94

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You seem to have made an excellent harvest in 1994; ah glorious days! Will they ever come back? We are now condemned to the smoothed bronzes from Bulgaria ...
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1994 was a good year, but I remember thinking how expensive ancients seemed to be and how much I was going to have to shell out for this one. Time has made me look like a wise speculator, but the truth is I got lucky . . . for once. Normally if I invest in something, its value plummets soon. I don't know what this would bring today, but I imagine it would be more than I paid . . . at least, I hope that is the case.


This is a spectacular coin with amazing sharpness for a bronze and an attractive olive green patina. I have rarely seen an aegis so sharply defined. It's also fairly high relief which is difficult to pick up on a scan of a darkly patinated bronze.


Congratulations on being the first to spot this coin. I think it is one of my best bronzes and I had been mystified that nobody noticed it. Good eye. -h

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