Silver Denarius. 3.09g, 18.3mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 102
REF: RIC II 58; Woytek 128a
OBVERSE: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate bust right.
REVERSE: P M TR P COS IIII P P, Victory, naked to waist, standing front, head left, holding up wreath in right hand and palm in left.
Struck during Trajan's first Dacian campaign, after he had defeated King Decebalus at the Battle of Tapae in 101.
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 . Denarius . "Victory"
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