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Plotina, Wife of Trajan, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D.

Plotina was the wife of Trajan, married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100 Trajan awarded her with title of Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. Plotina did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of Trajan. Plotina died in 129 A.D.


Plotina, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D., Thyateira, Lydia, Conventus of Pergamum

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Plotina was the wife of Trajan, married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100, Trajan awarded her with the title of Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. Plotina did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of Trajan. Plotina died in 129 A.D.

Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). In Revelation, Thyateira is the church that had a false prophetess (Revelation 2:20).
RP84898. Bronze AE 17, RPC Online III 1829 (8 spec.), SNG Munchen 628, Waddington 5357, Mionnet IV 903, BMC Lydia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, aF, dark patina, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 3.067 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, 105 - 117 A.D.; obverse ΠΛΩTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right with hair in a plait behind; reverse ΘYA/TIPH/NΩN in three lines within wreath; rare; $165.00 (€146.85)
 


Plotina, Wife of Trajan, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D.

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Plotina, the wife of Trajan, was married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100, Trajan awarded her with title Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. Plotina did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of Trajan. Plotina died in 129 A.D.
RB04791. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II Trajan 740 (R3), Cohen II 12, BMCRE III Trajan 1080, Woytek 7111, Strack 441, BnF IV 730, Banti 1, SRCV II 1060, aF, weight 21.59 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 112 - Aug 117 A.D.; obverse PLOTINA AVG IMP TRAIANI, draped bust right; reverse FIDES AVGVST, Fides standing right, two stalks of grain at side in right hand, raising basket of fruit in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; rare; SOLD


Leucas, Coele Syria, 98 - 117 A.D., Trajan and Plotina(?)

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As noted by Imhoof-Blumer, and reiterated by RPC, the obverse bust has similarities with heads of Trajan. The date had been misread as Claudian, leading to the misattribution as Claudius and Agrippina Jr. The coin is, in fact, probably later. The obverse bust seems to show the facial features of Trajan, wearing the radiate crown of Helios (the sun). The reverse has a crescent-crown over the bust of a woman. Perhaps the image can be viewed as the bust of Plotina, wearing the crescent-crown of Luna (the moon).
RY25067. Bronze AE 16, SGICV 508 var., Lindgren 2180, RPC I 4465 (refs list as Claudius and Agrippina Jr. RPC notes Trajan resemblance), F, weight 3.120 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Leucas mint, c. 98 - 117 A.D.; obverse ΛEVKA∆IWN, radiate male bust right; reverse KΛAV∆IEWN TWN KAI, female bust right, crescent above; scarce; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

PLOTINAAVGDIVI
PLOTINAAVGIMPTRAIANI
PLOTINAAVGVSTAIMPTRAIANI
PLOTINAAVGVSTAIMPTRAIANICAES
PLOTINAEAVG


REFERENCES

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Besombes, P-A. Bibliothèque Nationale, Catalogue des Monnaies de l?Empire Romain, IV Trajan (98-117 après J.-C.). (Paris, 2008).
Calicó, E.X. The Roman Avrei, Vol. I: From the Republic to Pertinax, 196 BC - 193 AD. (Barcelona, 2003).
Cayón, J. Los Sestercios del Imperio Romano, Vol. I: De Pompeyo Magno a Matidia (Del 81 a.C. al 117 d.C.). (Madrid, 1984).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 2: Nerva to Antoninus Pius. (Paris, 1883).
Mattingly H. & E. Sydenham. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. II: Vespasian to Hadrian. (London, 1926).
Mattingly, H. & R.A.G. Carson. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, Vol. 3: Nerva to Hadrian. (London, 1936).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. I. Augustus to Nerva. (Oxford, 1962).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. II: The Accession of Nerva to the Overthrow of the Severan Dynasty AD 96 - AD 235. (London, 2002).
Strack, P.L. Untersuchungen zur römischen Reichsprägung des zweiten Jahrhunderts, Teil 1: Die Reichsprägung zur Zeit des Traian. (Stuttgart, 1931).
Vagi, D. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire. (Sidney, 1999).
Woytek, B. Die Reichsprägung des kaisers Traianus (98-117). MIR 14. (Vienna, 2010).

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