Roman Imperial coin, bronze (orichalcum), AE sestertius. Struck during the reign of the Emperor Trajan (Marcus Ulpinus Traianus, also known by full title of Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Divi Nervae filius Augustus), c. 103 C.E. The laureate head of Trajan faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP" surrounding image. On reverse, Roma faces left, holding Victory and spear with the small figure of a Dacian kneeling to her left with the inscriptions "S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI" surrounding image and "S-C" on left and right of image.
Obverse and reverse images and inscriptions based on Sear reference; images and inscriptions severely faded and difficult to decipher.
Date: c. 103 C.E.
Remarks: On his imperial succession, Trajan decided that the time was ripe for territorial expansion and he successfully undertook the conquest of Dacia which then became a Roman province. The famous column which was erected to commemorate Trajan's Dacian Wars still stands in Rome. Trajan's coins were minted in Rome and Asia Minor.
References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #3194, pg 109.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|