AR Denarius. 3.4g, 19.5mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 111
REF: RIC 130; Woytek 346b; RSC 80
OBVERSE: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right, draped on left shoulder.
REVERSE: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory standing right, foot on step, inscribing DA/CI/CA in three lines on shield set on palm tree.
Almost Very Fine. Light toning with hints of gold. Strong, imperious bust.
Historic type commemorating Trajan's great victories in his two wars against the Dacian kingdom.
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 . AR Denarius . Commemorating Dacian War victory
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