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), 98-117 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 VI P P" surrounding image. On reverse (maybe), the seated figure of Dacia, the personification of the Roman province, faces left on a rock holding a legionary eagle with the inscriptions "DACIA AVGVST PROVINCIA S.C" surrounding image. Obverse and reverse images and inscriptions based on Sear reference; coin is severely damaged and illegible.
Date range: 98-117 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), #3183, pg 107. Other brass sestertii range $200-400 in "Fine" condition in Sear.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Germany/Mainz|