IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, Bust of Trajan, laureate, draped, right
SPQR OPTI-MO PRINCIPI, The Column of Trajan: on a small platform on top is a statue of Trajan, standing left, holding globe in right hand and sceptre in left: below is a wreath and an eagle both right and left: the Column stands on a rounded base, with a door in the front
20.13mm, 3.32g, 7h
Near VF, lightly toned, hairlines, some porosity
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 398, Lot 520
BMCRE 451; RIC 292; Woytek 425v; RSC 558
Wide flan. Nice toning. Trajan was one of the greatest Roman Emperors. A former soldier, he expanded the Roman Empire to its largest size in history. A philanthropist who invested in social welfare and public building programs, he is known as the second of the Five Good Emperors. Trajan's column is a Roman triumphal column. Still standing today in the Roman Forum, it was originally built to commemorate Trajan's victory in the Dacian wars. One of the few structures depicted on an ancient Roman coin to still exist today.