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


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Information: 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.
Origin: Rome mint
Authority: Trajan
Denomination: AR Denarius
Composition: Silver
Date: circa 116-117 AD
Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC, Bust of Trajan, laureate, right, bare chest showing, with aegis on left shoulder, front and back
Reverse: 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
Size: 19.43mm, 3.2g, 6h
Grade: Choice VF, well struck, well-centred, old cabinet tone
Rarity: exceedingly rare
Rarity Details: an apparently unique variety
Provenance: 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
References: 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: 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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