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AE Trajan Dupondius 98-117 A.D. (14.12g) minted 103-111 A.D. O: Radiate bust r.; IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP; Paris BN IV, 54,232 (stgl.). RIC 285,582. C.567. BMC 911-912. R: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S-C; Cuirass G: EF. Good style with dark brown patina. The best known example of the type. Ex.Mazzini 567, ex. Munzhandlung Basel 3, 3/5/1935, 345; ex. Santamaria, Magnaguti collection 6/26/1950(Magnaguti Teil 3), lot 29. Published in Bernhard Woytek’s new book (2010) Die Reichspragung Des Kaisers Traianus, pp. 32 and 279, lot 188aA. S: Hess-Divo Auction 320, 10/26/11

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Damn you...........I was up at 4am in the morning last week specifically to bid on this coin............I slept on the couch so the alarm would not wake the family...............I gave up somewhere around 2,100 CHF......


Out of all the collectors in the world.............you get it.


If I am bidding against the likes of you..........I throw up my hands and concede defeat. I can't put words to my frustration.

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Sorry you missed out on this coin. I really wanted it and, as you can see, paid a lot for it. I probably paid too much. Nonetheless, I'm very pleased to have been able to add it to my collection. Feel free to visit it any time you like. You have good taste. -c
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My taste exceeds my wallet. I was actually going to post something the next day about my disappointment and the fact that the bid sailed to 13 times estimate.


I am about to walk into a meeting and I can't get it out of my head that you own the coin. Well..........at least I "sort of" know the collector. ;-)


Kudos..........this is a truly incredible coin.

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It's not a bad portrait, but I especially love the reverse. I knew when I saw the estimate that this coin would go for much more unless there was something terribly wrong with it that didn't show up in the picture. There wasn't. -c
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Thanks, Mike. I'm also very pleased with the provenance. This coin has been in some pretty impressive collections.-c
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Wow, great coin! Almost made me want to come back to roman... this, and your superb Diocletian Argenteus! Probably exactly how a cuirass looked. And a choice Trajan portrait, as well, with great provenance, too. I seem to remember this coin being in an earlier NAC sale, too. If I come across it, I'll let you know.




I found the coin I mentioned, but it's not yours. The same type, but not quite as nice as yours, is in NAC 25.

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