Roman dupondius coin: 2nd century
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Roman dupondius coin. This coin has a figure representing Arabia, accompanied by a camel, on this side. On the other side is a bust of the emperor Trajan. Coins like these were used all over the Roman Empire, including London. Trajan pushed the boundaries of the empire to its largest extent, particularly in Arabia and Mesopotamia - the modern day Middle East. Goods from this region included glass bowls and mosaic tiles from Syria and frankincense and myrrh from Arabia. Rare and expensive silk from China and precious stones from India and Africa were transported by camel caravans via Middle Eastern routes.
104 AD - 111 AD