Trajan, AR Denarius, Column of Trajan, 112-117 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Trajan
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
112-117 AD
Obverse:
IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, Bust of Trajan, laureate, draped, right
Reverse:
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
Size:
20.13mm, 3.32g, 7h
Grade:
Near VF, lightly toned, hairlines, some porosity
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 398, Lot 520
References:
BMCRE 451; RIC 292; Woytek 425v; RSC 558

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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.