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Dupondius Trajan - cuirassed bust


TRAJAN. AE Dupondius. Rome, 115 AD Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI PP Radiated and draped bust right, seen from 3/4 Rev. SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANANVS / FORT RED Fortuna seated l., rudder and cornucopiae. RIC 653v (not cuirassed); Cohen 160v (ditto) Very rare late bust variant, with cuirass and paludamentum, seen from 3/4. See another example here for 116 AD (with Parthicus title): [IMG]http://imagedb.coinarchives.com/img/cng/058/enlarged/581193.jpg[/IMG] Similar bust to the one from the Prado museum would have served as model for the die engravers: [IMG]http://www.paradoxplace.com/Photo%20Pages/Spain/Central_Spain/Madrid/Prado/Images/Trajan-Apr06-DC5741sAR.jpg[/IMG] This type of portrait was later popular for the earlier issues of Hadrian. See for example with same bust style: [IMG]http://imagedb.coinarchives.com/img/kunker/111/06714p00.jpg[/IMG] Nice natural patina. Ex. Baranowsky, Rome, 13 June 2008

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