ROMAN EMPIRE. TRAJAN, 98-117 AD.
Bronze AE Sestertius, 28.25 g., 34 mm, minted in Rome ca. AD 98
Obv. Laureate head right.
Rev. Pax Seated left.
RIC II 390; Woytek 27a; Banti 316.
Ex Archer Huntington Collections, HSA / ANS 1001.1.12264.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, NGC # 4276579-004, an emission from Trajan’s first year in power, and a coin with a most prestigious provenance.
Ex Archer M Huntington Collection and ANS HSA 22161, sold at NAC 67, lot 209 along with many other pieces from the Huntington collection (realized there 38,000 ++ CHF).
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, perfectly centered and spectacular, the venerable pedigree listed on the holder. This coin bears the Greek numeral Σ (60), making reference to Diocletian’s great monetary reforms where the aureus was fixed at 1/60th of a Roman pound.
Archer Milton Huntington was a great philanthropist whose generosity founded and enriched many cultural institutions in New York City. Among these are the Hispanic Society of America (HSA), dedicated to the study of the culture of Spain, and the American Numismatic Society (ANS), where Huntington served as honorary president from 1910 to 1955, the year of his death. Huntington gave to the Hispanic Society a vast collection of coins related to the history of Spain and spanning all periods from antiquity onward. These coins were on long-term loan to the ANS until they were recalled and sold by the HSA in 2012. For a story on the scope of Huntington’s collection and its sale see: