Trajan, 98-117 AD, AR Denarius, Virtus, struck c. 116 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Trajan
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 116 AD
Obverse:
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC PARTHICO, Bust of Trajan, laureate, draped, right
Reverse:
PM TR P COS VI P P S·P·Q·R, Virtus, helmeted, in military dress, standing right, left foot set on helmet, holding vertical spear reversed in right hand and parazonium upright in left
Size:
19.92mm, 3.0g, 7h
Grade:
gVF, high relief portrait, boldly struck, exceptionally clear legend, well toned
References:
BMCRE III 600; RIC II 353; Cohen II 272; RSC II 272; Woytek 558v; Strack I 245; BN -; SRCV II 3148

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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. Minted toward the end of Trajan's reign, the obverse legend is nearly at its fullest, and includes the recently added PARTHICO, ('Parthicus'), a military honour, which 'commemorates the height of Trajan's success, the capture of Ctesiphon and the collapse of the Parthian resistance (BMCRE p. lxxxv).