AD 98-117

Silver Denarius. 3.39g, 18.7mm

MINTED: Rome mint, circa mid AD 107-108
REF: RIC II 128; Woytek 270b
OBVERSE: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder.

REVERSE: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory, naked to hips, standing left, holding up wreath in right hand and palm in left.


Almost Very Fine.

Victory types such as this one typically commemorated successful military campaigns abroad, or the pacification of Rome's enemies.  In the previous year, AD 106, Trajan had concluded the Second Dacian War, putting an end to the ambitions of the Dacian king Decebalus and enlarging Rome's treasury with a vast war booty of 165,500 kg of gold and 331,000 kg of silver.    


Historical Notes:

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 . "Victory against the Dacians"

SKU: 1142
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