IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, Head of Trajan, laureate, right
PONT MAX TR POT COS II, Concordia, draped, wearing stephane, seated left on chair without back, sacrificing with patera in extended right hand over altar left, and holding cornucopiae in left
19.44mm, 2.8g, 6h
One of the earliest coins issued under Trajan in his first 1-2 years as Roman Emperor.
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. This coin was part of the first emissions of coinage when Trajan became Emperor. The COS II in the obverse legend denotes Trajan's second consulship: he had already held his first consulship before being adopted by Nerva (BMCRE p. lv).