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Trajan, 98-117 AD, AR Denarius, Mars, struck c. 116-117 AD, Woytek Plate Coin

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Published and illustrated in Woytek B. Die Reichsprägung des kaisers Traianus (98-117). MIR 14.
An exceptional denarius of Trajan. One of the finest specimens of this type.
Rome mint
AR Denarius
circa 116-117 AD
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC, Bust of Trajan, laureate, right, bare chest showing, with aegis on left shoulder, front and back
PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak round shoulders, advancing right, holding oblique spear, point upwards, in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left
19.43mm, 3.2g, 6h
Choice VF, well struck, well-centred, old cabinet tone
exceedingly rare
Rarity Details:
an apparently unique variety
Illustrated in Woytek, from the collection of Daniel Féret, Vinchon, 24 November 1994, 410, ex Leu Numismatik AG Web Auction 2 (29-30 June 2019), Lot 1079
Woytek 571t+ (this coin); BMCRE III 619 var. (slightly differing bust type); RSC II 190d var. (same); Strack I 252 var. (same); cf. RIC II 39 (diff. bust type); cf. Cohen II 190 (same)
General Information:
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.
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