Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of Emperor Trajan (Marcus Ulpinus Traianus, also known by full title of Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Divi Nervae filius Augustus), 98-117 C.E. The laureate head of Trajan faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP TRAIANVS AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P" surrounding image. On reverse, the facade of Trajan's Forum with quadriga and statues atop is depicted with the inscriptions "FORVMTRAIAN" in the exergum.
Date range: 97-117 C.E.
Remarks: Born in 52 C.E., Trajan was appointed governor of Upper Germany by Nerva who later adopted him as the heir to the throne. He carried out a spectacular building programme in Rome, including Trajan's Forum, and constructed or repaired many roads, bridges and aqueducts throughout the Empire. "The magnificent Forum Traiani occupied the area between the Bascillica Ulpia and the Forum of Augustus, the massive entrance from which is depicted on this coin type. The whole elaborate complex, including flanking crescents of shops, was dedicated in AD 112" (Sear, Roman Coins and their Values, p 96)
Trajan's coins were minted in Rome and Asia Minor.
References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #3093, pg 96; see Harold Mattingly, Roman Coins, London 1927, Plate XLVII, 7, p. 292, 178
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