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Trajan 98-117 AD, c. 111.
Second of the Good Emperors Dupondius, commemorates Cornelius Palma's conquest of Arabia Petrea c. 105-6 AD and his subsequent establishment of a new province there.
Cornelius Palma was the praetorian legate in Asia during Domitian's reign. He went on to command a Legion in the years 94-97 and became First Consul shortly after, in the year 99. In that same year Cornelius Palma went to Spain to take up the position of governor of Hispania Citerior. A short time later, he became the governor of Syria. In 106 under Trajan Cornelius Palma annexed the region of Nabatea (in modern Jordan), southern Syria, the Sinai Peninsula and northwestern Saudi Arabia helping to create the Roman province of Arabia Petraea. The capital was Bosra (it’s amphitheater is described). Obverse radiate Trajan with a fold of cloak on front shoulder and behind his neck IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P. Reverse ARAB ADQVIS in exergue, SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S - C in field, standing Arabia a holding branch and bundle of rods, standing camel below.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC.

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