AR Denarius. 2.97g, 19.9mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 103-111
REF: RIC 102; Cohen 196
OBVERSE: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate head right, wearing slight drapery on his left shoulder.
REVERSE: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC / PAX, Pax standing left, holding cornucopiae in her left hand, setting fire to pile of arms on left with torch.
Almost Very Fine. Toned, with light porosity and some horn silver.
An interesting reverse type, different for showing a deity doing something other than just standing there. In this case, Pax, the divine personification of peace, is shown putting a torch to a pile of weapons and shields and setting it aflame.
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 . Goddess Pax burning a pile of weapons
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