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Trajan. 98-117 AD Fifth Consulate c 103-109 AD
Second of the Good Emperors. Tetradrachm
Each year, two citizens were elected to serve as consuls for a one-year term. Consuls were once important administrators. With the establishment of the Empire, the consuls were reduced to symbolic representatives of Rome’s republican heritage but held little authority. Trajan was named consul for the fifth time in 103 AD. His co counsul was Manius Laberius Maximus, a general in Trajan's Dacian Wars of 101 and 102. This was Maximus’ second time as cousul. Trajan made Maximus his colleague in appreciation for his service, a sign of. It was during the consulship of 103 the senate hailed Trajan “Optimus Princeps” (Best Emperor). Obverse laureate Trajan with tip of his neck resting on a standing with a club in right field AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB ΓERM ΔAK. Reverse ΔHMAPX EΞ YΠAT E Laureate Melqart (Tyrian Herakles) with lion skin tied around neck.
Mint: Tyre
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions LLC.

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