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Trajan, 98-117 AD, AE Sestertius, Dacian, struck c. 103-111 AD

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Information: The auction firm this coin was obtained from attributed this to BMCRE 786 in which with Dacian's left hand reaches towards his chest. Clearly this is not the case and we believe the correct attribution is a variant to BMCRE 785
Origin: Rome mint
Authority: Trajan
Denomination: AE Sestertius
Composition: Orichalcum
Date: circa 103-111 AD
Obverse: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, Bust of Trajan, laureate, right, with drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Dacian, wearing peaked cap and shirt with long sleeves, and breeches, seated left, on round shield, right knee drawn up, head resting on right hand, which is propped on right knee, left hand across knee: by round shield, two oblong shields: in front, left, trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, round and two oblong shields, and two curved swords: at foot of trophy, left, two spears and round shield, right, oblong shield and curved sword: S C in exergue
Size: 34.76mm, 26.4g, 6h
Grade: aVF, scratches on obverse, repatinated surfaces
Provenance: ex Agora Auctions Sale 70 (21 November 2017), Lot 217
References: BMCRE III 785 var. (no oblong shields behind Dacia); Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 126 (9 November 2005), Lot 308 RIC II 564 var.; Cohen II 534; Woytek 234d; SRCV II 3196
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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