Trajan Dupondius, Spes, 103 AD
- 103 AD
- IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V P P, radiate bust right, drapery on far shoulder
- SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising skirt.
- 27-28mm, 13.95g
- Choice gVF
- RIC II 520; BMCRE 895; Cohen 461
Sharply struck obverse with well defined features in the portrait. Similar for reverse, with full details in drapery of Spes visible. Dark green surfaces. 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.