AE Sestertius. 24.46g, 33.9mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 103-111
REF: RIC 500
OBVERSE: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder.
REVERSE: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder resting on prow in field, S - C.
Fine/Fair. Patchy green patina, with light flaking at edges. Some porosity. Decent portrait, and still an impressively large and pleasing bronze coin of Trajan for a budget price.
Trajan was the second of the "Five Good Emperors" who ruled the Rome during the 2nd century AD. He was an excellent military commander, expanding the frontiers of the Roman Empire to its greatest extent - annexing the Nabataean kingdom, conquering the Dacians in a great war, and finally, temporarily reducing the Parthian Empire to a client state of Rome by defeating and deposing its ruler, Osroes I. Trajan was also known for his philanthropy and social programs within the empire, and his numerous public buildings and constructions (Trajan's Forum, Trajan's Market, the Aqua Traiana). The Roman Senate declared him optimus princeps ("the best of rulers"), a title borne on many of his coins. He died after a reign of 19 years, and was deified by the Senate. Historians regard him as one of Rome's greatest rulers.
TRAJAN . AD 98-117 . AE Sestertius . Fortuna . Massive 34mm bronze!
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