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Lot 239

Estimate: 3'500 CHF   |   Starting price: 2'800 CHF Price realized: 4'250 CHF
The Roman Empire
Matidia, daughter of Marciana
Diva Matidia. Denarius circa 119-120, AR 3.24 g. DIVA AVGVSTA – MATIDIA Diademed and draped bust r. Rev. CONSECRATIO Eagle, with spread wings, standing r. with head l. C 1. BMC Hadrian 328. RIC Trajan 751.
Very rare. Light iridescent tone, about extremely fine / good very fine
Ex Leu sale 91, 2004, 538.

Matidia was the only niece of the emperor Trajan who, having no children of his own, displayed the greatest affection for her. He essentially treated her as a daughter, and she often accompanied him on his travels. In addition to her close connection to Trajan, Matidia shared a mutual fondness for the future emperor Hadrian, who she admired enough to permit him to marry her youngest daughter Sabina. When Matidia died in 119, her funeral oration was delivered by Hadrian himself, as her uncle Trajan had died two years earlier.

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