TRAJAN. Æ Half-Assarion ? Rome, 116 AD
Obv. IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM Radiate head l., with aegis on l. shoulder
Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P / SC within wreath.
RIC 650 var.
Bronze struck in Rome and shipped to Syria, or locally struck in Syria (probably Antioch) from dies engraved in Rome, for circulation in Syria.
These Rome mint style coins don't bear the characteristics of imperial bronze denominations, Dupondius/As/Semis/Quadrans: weight doesn't match, reverses do show the normal senate approval 'SC' but much in the Antioch coins fashion, within a laurel wreath. Rather, these coins have to fit in the Greek coinage system, and would then be Assaria and their fractions.
Scarcer bust type with aegis.
Ex. CGB (fixed price catalog), 10 Dec. 1994