TRAJAN AE quadrans. DARDANIAN MINES issue, DARDANICI, Pax standing. Rare.

Ancient Coins - TRAJAN AE quadrans. DARDANIAN MINES issue, DARDANICI, Pax standing. Rare.
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TRAJAN AE quadrans. Dardanian mines issue, Struck 98-102 AD. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder. Reverse - DARDANICI, Goddess (Pax?) standing left, holding branch and gathering up drapery. RIC II 704 variant (no drapery). 13mm, 1.6g

Under Trajan and Hadrian, a small series of bronze quadrans were struck in the names of the imperial mines the Balkans, at Noricum, Dalmatia, Pannonia, and Moesia (Dardania). These operations supplied metal for the mint at Rome, and these issues were likely struck for circulation within the closed communities around the mines (an early mine scrip, if you will, eliminating intrinsic-value coinage from the local economy to prevent theft). These 'mine issue' coins only appear during the Adoptive Era (Trajan to Marcus Aurelius). 
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