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Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

Marcus Ulpius Traianus, a brilliant general and administrator was adopted and proclaimed emperor by the aging Nerva in 98 A.D. Regarded as one of Rome's greatest emperors, Trajan was responsible for the annexation of Dacia, the invasion of Arabia and an extensive and lavish building program across the empire. Under Trajan, Rome reached its greatest extent. Shortly after the annexation of Mesopotamia and Armenia, Trajan was forced to withdraw from most of the new Arabian provinces. While returning to Rome to direct operations against the new threats, Trajan died at Selinus in Cilicia.Roman Dominions in the Time of Trajan


Click for a larger photo This is an extremely rare heroic bust variety of a scarce type. There is only one auction record on Coin Archives for this variety: NAC Auction 59 (4 Apr 2011), lot 968 (a beautiful near EF example). It sold for $48,717 including fees.
SH73454. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 203q+2 (same obv die), RIC II 535 (S, no belt), BMCRE III 838 var (no belt), BnF IV 565 var (no belt), VF, well centered, high relief bust, Tiber patina, porous, areas of corrosion, weight 25.631 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 104 - 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust left, full chest exposed, with drapery on left shoulder, military belt (balteus) across chest; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan in military dress on horseback right, thrusting spear at Dacian warrior trampled and falling under fore-hooves, S C in exergue; extremely rare variety; $7000.00 SALE PRICE $6300.00

Click for a larger photo Personification of the siege of Sarmizegetusa! In 106 A.D., Trajan besieged Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. With the aid of a Dacian traitor, the Romans found and destroyed water pipes supplying the city. Running out of water and food the city fell and was burned to the ground. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. The river-god on the reverse is usually described as Tiber, however, the reverse likely personifies the impact of the Roman destruction of the Dacian's water supply. Dacia's own water supply has betrayed her, knocked her to the ground, and is choking her.
SH63939. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 556, BMCRE III 793 note, Cohen II 526, aF, weight 20.524 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 103 - 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C, River-god, cloak billowing behind, leaning left with right knee on supine Dacia, forcing her to the ground, choking her with his right hand, reeds in left; very scarce; $270.00 SALE PRICE $243.00

Click for a larger photo "Trajan, having crossed the Ister by means of the bridge, conducted the war with safe prudence rather than with haste, and eventually, after a hard struggle, vanquished the Dacians. In the course of the campaign he himself performed many deeds of good generalship and bravery, and his troops ran many risks and displayed great prowess on his behalf. It was here that a certain horseman, after being carried, badly wounded, from the battle in the hope that he could be healed, when he found that he could not recover, rushed from his tent (for his injury had not yet reached his heart) and, taking his place once more in the line, perished after displaying great feats of valor." -- Roman History by Cassius Dio
RB72486. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 203cA, BnF IV 562, BMCRE III 836, RIC II 534 var (slight drapery vice aegis), Cohen II 503, SRCV II 3204, F, well centered, attractive tone, scratches and marks, shallow pit at 7:00 on obverse, weight 23.711 g, maximum diameter 34.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 103- 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C, Trajan on horseback, galloping right, in military dress, brandishing spear at Dacian warrior who is raising his hands while falling on his knees, and being trampled by horse's fore-hooves, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 15 (14 Nov 2012), part of lot 883; ex Seaver Collection; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Click for a larger photo Trajan was a brilliant soldier and administrator. He restored the Senate to its full status, started a welfare program to feed and care for poor children, directed an extensive building program across the empire, annexed Dacia and invaded Arabia. Under Trajan, Rome reached its greatest extent. And he managed to do all this without a deficit or increasing taxes.
RB72487. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 58c, BnF IV 61, RIC II 401 var (no aegis), BMCRE III 718 var (obv leg, no aegis), Cohen II 611, cf. SRCV II 3214 (COS III, etc.), F, nice dark green patina, weight 25.951 g, maximum diameter 34.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, fall 98 - end 99 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIA-N AVG GERM P M, laureate head right; reverse TR POT - COS II P P, Pax seated left, olive branch extended in right hand, short scepter transverse in left, S C in exergue; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia
Click for a larger photo Amphipolis was home to an imperial cult, worshiping the living emperor, and to a cult dedicated to Artemis Tauropolos. The obverse depicts Trajan as a military victor and probably copies an imperial statue. The reverse may depict a local statue of Artemis Tauropolos.
GB90406. Bronze AE 20, Lindgren II 978 (same dies), Varbanov 7179 (R7), AMNG III 79, Hunterian I 37, Moushmov 6068, SNG ANS -, SNG Cop -, SNG Tüb, BMC Macedonia -, gF, centered, some porosity, weight 5.099 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, 25 Jan 98 - 8/9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse KAICAP TPAIANOC, emperor on horseback galloping right, brandishing spear to strike a prostrate foe below; reverse AMΦIΠOΛEITWN, Artemis Tauropolos standing left, kalathos on head, long torch before her in right hand, small branch in left hand downward at side, grounded shield behind; rare; $220.00 SALE PRICE $198.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia
Click for a larger photo Amphipolis was home to an imperial cult, worshiping the living emperor, and to a cult dedicated to Artemis Tauropolos. The obverse depicts Trajan as a military victor and probably copies an imperial statue. The reverse may depict a local statue of Artemis Tauropolos.
GB90707. Bronze AE 20, Lindgren II 978 (same dies), Varbanov 7179 (R7), AMNG III 79, Hunterian I 37, Moushmov 6068, SNG ANS -, SNG Cop -, SNG Tüb, BMC Macedonia -, F, weight 6.620 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, 25 Jan 98 - 8/9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse KAICAP TPAIANOC, emperor on horseback galloping right, brandishing spear to strike a prostrate foe below; reverse AMΦIΠOΛEITWN, Artemis Tauropolos standing left, kalathos on head, long torch before her in right hand, small branch in left hand downward at side, grounded shield behind; rare; $220.00 SALE PRICE $198.00

Click for a larger photo Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is of an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of the Emperor Augustus.
SH72495. Orichalcum dupondius, Woytek 543v, RIC II 653, BnF IV 853, BMCRE III 1029, Hunter II 380, Strack 459, Cohen II 160, SRCV II -, VF, perfect centering, attractive style, Tiber patina, porous, weight 11.408 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Winter 114 - beginning of 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, radiate and draped bust right; reverse SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS, Fortuna seated left on throne without back, veiled and draped, holding rudder by tiller in right, cornucopia in left, , FORT RED over S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 883; ex Seaver Collection; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Click for a larger photo "The celebrated Trajan's Column, commemorating the emperor's victories in the Dacian wars and still a prominent landmark of modern Rome, was dedicated on 12 May A.D. 113." -- Roman Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear
SH72506. Copper as, Woytek 474v, RIC II 600, BMCRE III 1004, BnF IV 784, Strack 433, Hunter II -, SRCV II -, F, well centered, dark green patina, some marks and corrosion, weight 10.416 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 112 - 114 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate, draped bust right; reverse SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan's Column surmounted by statue of the Emperor, at base two eagles, S - C flanking across field; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; Morton & Eden lot 954 November 14, 2012 Hunter II, Cohen II; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Click for a larger photo In the first century A.D., the Roman satirist Juvenal observed that his countrymen were made content with two things: bread and circus games. Games were part of religious celebrations and holidays. At one time, across the Empire, Romans celebrated more than forty different games each year. Glory was the main reward for athletes. The actual prize was usually a simple palm frond, wreath, ribbon, or basket.
SH65286. Orichalcum semis, RIC II 687, BMCRE III 1069, Cohen II 349 var (no drapery), cf. SRCV II 3247 (quadrans), gVF, nice green patina, weight 3.285 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 107 - 109 AD; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse view of table from the front and right, on the table stands game prizes: an urn containing a palm frond (on left) and a wreath (on right), S C in exergue; scarce; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00

Click for a larger photo In 116, Trajan completed his invasion of Parthia by capturing the cities of Seleucia, Babylon, Ctesiphon and Susa, marking the high-water mark of the Roman Empire's eastern expansion. Trajan removed Osroes I as king of Parthia, and appointed his son Parthamaspates in his place. Parthamaspates Romanized his name to Parthicus.
RB90458. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 534v2, RIC II 672, BMCRE III 1023, Cohen II 352, Banti 106, aVF, light and dark green patina, some corrosion, weight 25.757 g, maximum diameter 35.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 114 - early 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS, Felicitas standing left, caduceus in right, cornucopia in left, S - C flanking across field; ex Heritage Auction 231419, lot 61111; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00

Click for a larger photo Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire, and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS72046. Silver denarius, SRCV II 3124, RIC II 121, RSC II 81, BMCRE III 301, gVF, flan crack, light scratches and corrosion, weight 3.083 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 108 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Felicitas standing left, caduceus downward in right, cornucopia in left; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00

Click for a larger photo After defeating the surrounding mountain fortresses, in 106 A.D. Trajan captured Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. On 11 Aug 106 A.D., the south-eastern part of Dacia (modern Romania) was made the Roman province Dacia. Veterans of the legions were given land in the new province for their service in the Roman army.
RB72501. Bronze as, Woytek 249c, BnF IV 625, RIC II 510, Cohen II 420, BMCRE III 933 var (drapery vice aegis), Hunter II 266 var (same), Strack 367, SRCV II -, aVF, well centered and struck, some corrosion, weight 10.373 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 106 - 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Pax seated left, nude to waist, olive branch in right, left elbow resting on throne, feet on footstool, Dacian at her feet facing her on right knee, wearing pointed cap, and extending toward her a petition held in both hands, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 954; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00

Click for a larger photo In 100 A.D., there were just over 300,000 soldiers in the Roman Army.
RB72504. Copper as, Woytek 82a, BMCRE III 740, BnF IV 102, Hunter II 226, Strack 329, SRCV II 3242; RIC II 417 corr., Cohen II 628 corr., gVF, rough, weight 10.536 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - c. Oct 100 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head right; reverse TR POT COS III P P, Victory flying left, shield in right hand inscribed S P / Q R in two lines, left hand at side perhaps holding strap or rod (RIC and Cohen say palm in error), S - C flanking across field; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 954; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00

Roman Empire, Anonymous, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.
Click for a larger photo RIC identifies this type as common but it appears to be rare with the dove facing left.

Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps this small coin was thrown to the crowd by the emperor himself at a similar event.
RB63623. Bronze quadrans, RIC II p. 218, 25, VF, weight 1.847 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 81 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Venus right; reverse dove standing left, S C in ex; rare; $145.00 SALE PRICE $131.00

Click for a larger photo 109 A.D. was a banner year for construction in Rome. On 24 June, the Aqua Traiana was inaugurated by Trajan; the aqueduct channeled water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometers (25 mi) north-west of Rome. The Via Traiana, connecting Benevento with Brundisium, was constructed at Trajan's personal expense and the Baths of Trajan, built by the architect Apollodorus of Damascus, were dedicated.
RS70176. Silver denarius, RIC II 116, RSC II 69, BMCRE III 276, BnF IV 440. Woytek 281b, Hill UCR 484, SRCV II 3221, VF, weight 3.595 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 108 - 109 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Roma seated left, Victory in extended right, inverted spear vertical behind in left; ex Triton XVII, part of lot 1600; $145.00 SALE PRICE $131.00

Click for a larger photo Trajan was a brilliant soldier and administrator. He restored the Senate to its full status, started a welfare program to feed and care for poor children, directed an extensive building program across the empire, annexed Dacia and invaded Arabia. Under Trajan, Rome reached its greatest extent. And he managed to do all this without a deficit or increasing taxes.
RB63728. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 658, BMCRE III 1019, Cohen II 178, aF, weight 23.403 g, maximum diameter 33.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 115 - 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse IMPERATOR VIIII / S C in exergue, Trajan seated right on platform, placed on left, accompanied by two officers and addressing five soldiers; rare; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00

Click for a larger photo An interesting historical type commemorating the defeat of Parthia and the investiture of the puppet king Parthamastes by Trajan. His reign was short because the Roman army soon withdrew and Trajan died the following year.
RB72490. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 667, BMCRE III 1046, BnF IV 920, Woytek 594v, Cohen II 328, Strack 476, Banti 96, SRCV II 3191, aF, Tiber patina, rough, flan crack, weight 22.007 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse REX PARTHIS DATVS (a king given to the Parthians), Trajan seated left on platform, placing diadem on head of king Parthamaspates, officer standing behind the emperor, Parthian kneeling in supplication before; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 954; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; scarce; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00

Click for a larger photo A nice gift for a social work volunteer. This coin celebrates Alimenta Italiae, a program to aid orphans and other needy children. Pliny, in his panegyric in 100 A.D., testified that infants were diligently looked after and registered, in order to be brought up at the expense of the state. "There were very nearly 5000 free-born children, whom the liberality of our prince sought out and adopted. A reserve in case of war, and an ornament in peaceful times, they are nourished at the public cost; and learn to love their country, not as their country only, but also as their nurshing mother. From the ranks of these will our camps, our tribes, be filled."
RB72491. Bronze sestertius, Woytek 354d1, RIC II 459 (S), Hunter II 344, BMCRE III 869, Cohen II 7, BnF IV 524, Strack 405, SRCV II 3177, aF, nice portrait, edge flaking, weight 20.247 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder and back; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Abundantia standing facing, head left, stalks of grain downward in right, drapery and cornucopia in left; child at her feet on left holding roll, S - C flanking across field, ALIM ITAL in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 883; ex Seaver Collection; scarce; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00

Click for a larger photo In 116, Trajan completed his invasion of Parthia by capturing the cities of Seleucia, Babylon, Ctesiphon and Susa, marking the high-water mark of the Roman Empire's eastern expansion. Trajan removed Osroes I as king of Parthia, and appointed his son Parthamaspates in his place. Parthamaspates Romanized his name to Parthicus.
RB72492. Bronze as, Woytek 540v, RIC II 675, Hunter II 378, BMCRE III 1031, Cohen II 355, Strack 456, BnF IV -, F, well struck and centered, nice portrait, weight 10.913 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 114 - 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS, Victory advancing right, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left over shoulder, S - C flanking low across field; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 883; ex Seaver Collection; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00

Click for a larger photo Vesta was originally a household spirit. Later she was personified as the goddess of the hearth and given the stature of her Greek equivalent, Hestia. In the temple of Vesta her flame was kept alive by Vestal Virgins.
RS70235. Silver denarius, Woytek 81f, RSC II 214b, RIC II 40a var. (bust), BMCRE III 60 ff. var (same), BnF IV 80 var. (same), Strack 35 var. (same), F, uneven toning, weight 3.206 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 100 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse P M TR P COS III P P, Vesta seated left, veiled, patera in right, torch in left; scarce bust variation; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00

Click for a larger photo The extraordinarily long obverse legend recognizes Trajan as the conqueror of Germania, Dacia, and Parthia.
RB59845. Orichalcum dupondius, Woytek 586v, RIC II 676, BMCRE III 1052, BnF IV 926, Cohen II 356, Hunter II 388, Strack 469, SRCV II 3219, aVF, nice green patina, weight 11.67 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Feb 116 - 9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, radiate and draped bust right; reverse SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS, Trajan advancing right, head left, between two trophies of captured arms, S C in exergue; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00

Click for a larger photo Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire, and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS72483. Silver denarius, Woytek 519v, BnF IV 821, RIC II 343, BMCRE III 541, RSC II 278, SRCV II 3150, aVF, weight 3.084 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, winter 114 - beginning 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, laureate and draped bust right, from the side; reverse P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Felicitas standing left, caduceus in right, cornucopia in left; $115.00 SALE PRICE $104.00

Click for a larger photo Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
SH72494. Copper as, Woytek 337aD, Cohen II 488, RIC II 515 var (slight drapery), BMCRE III 934 var (same), BnF IV 623 var (same), SRCV II 3232 var (same), aVF, a little rough, weight 9.475 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head right; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Salus seated left on throne, from patera in right, feeding snake arising from altar before her, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 883; ex Seaver Collection; scarce; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00

Click for a larger photo Trajan constructed the Via Traiana, an extension of the Via Appia from Beneventum to Brundisium, at his own expense in 109 A.D. Strabo wrote that traveling to Beneventum from Brundisium on the Via Traiana was a good day shorter than on the old Republican road, Via Appia. While the distance was about the same, the Via Traiana climbs fewer difficult hills.
RB72503. Bronze as, Woytek 478b, RIC II 639 (S), BMCRE III 986a, BnF IV 723, Hunter II 363, Strack 426, Cohen II 651, SRCV II -, aF, weight 12.149 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 112 - 114 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, female personification of the Via Traiana reclining left, wheel on right knee balanced with right hand, branch cradled in left arm, left elbow resting on rocks, VIA TRAIANA over S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 954; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; scarce; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00

Click for a larger photo In 105, Trajan left with the Imperial Roman fleet from Brundusium, in Apulia, to begin the second expedition against Dacia. In 106, he first conquered the Dacian fortresses in the Orastie Mountains, then defeated the Dacians in the Battle of Sarmizegetusa. After the Romans encircled the city and destroyed the water supply pipes, king Decebalus fled and committed suicide. On 11 August 106, the south-eastern part of Dacia (modern Romania) became a Roman province.
RB72505. Copper as, Woytek 209c, RIC II 540, Cohen II 509, BnF IV 638, BMCRE III 942, Hunter II 307 var (drapery vice aegis), Strack 360, SRCV II 3234, F/VF, rough, corrosion, weight 9.259 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 104 - 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan in military dress on horseback right, thrusting spear at falling Dacian warrior trampled under fore-hooves, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 954; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00

Click for a larger photo This coin has the longest obverse legend on any Roman Imperial coin.
RB72485. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 591v, RIC II 663, BMCRE III 1041, Hunter II 383, Cohen II 320, Strack I 471, SRCV II 3189, F, over-cleaned, porous, weight 24.439 g, maximum diameter 338 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVGVSTI •S•P•Q•R•, Providentia standing left, pointing with right hand at large globe at feet, scepter in left hand, left elbow resting on column, S - C flanking at sides; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo The sistrum was a type of timbrel, or rattle, made of brass. It was oval, and its circumference perforated with several holes opposite each other, through which were inserted horizontally small metallic rods. Shaken in cadence it emitted a harsh sound. Isis is sometimes depicted holding a sistrum and it was carried by her priests.
RX58096. Bronze dichalkon, Dattari 1114, Kampmann-Ganschow 27.308, SRCV II 3319, Emmett 720, Geissen -, Milne -, SNG Cop -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Milan -, SNG Hunterian -, VF, weight 1.576 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 109 - 28 Aug 110 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse sistrum, L - IΓ (year 13) flanking in lower fields; very rare (Emmett R5); $85.00 SALE PRICE $76.50

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Gabala, Seleucis & Pieria, Syria
Click for a larger photo This year is unpublished for the types in references held by Forum, but several examples have been sold at auction and are on Coin Archives. The most recent is the references CNG auction in 2011.

The local civic era began in 47 B.C. The Actian Era began in autumn 31 B.C. The dual dates on this coin only overlap for some months in autumn - winter 112 A.D.
RP69627. Bronze AE 23, CNG e-auction 261, lot 220; cf. BMC Galatia p. 244, 4 - 5 (obv legend, dated BNP, etc.); SNG Cop -, aF, weight 6.241 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, Gabala (Jableh, Syria) mint, c. autumn - winter 112 A.D.; obverse AYT NEP KAI TPAIA CEB ΓEPM, laureate bust right, wearing aegis; reverse ΓABAΛEΩN, Astarte seated left, kalathos on head, stalks of grain and poppy in right hand, scepter vertical behind in left, sphinx seated left on far side of chair, HNP (year 158 of the civic era) left, ΓMP (year 143 of Actian Era) inner right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; very rare date; $85.00 SALE PRICE $76.50

Click for a larger photo Herakles' fourth labor was to capture the giant fear-inspiring Erymanthian Boar that lived on Mount Erymanthos in the primitive highlands of Arcadia. The centaur Chiron advised Herakles to drive the boar into thick snow. Herakles caught the boar and carried it back to Eurystheus, who was frightened, hid and begged Herakles to get rid of the beast. Three days later, Eurystheus, still trembling with fear, sent Herakles to clean the Augean stables.
RB65623. Copper quadrans, RIC II 702 var, BMCRE III 1062 var, Cohen II 341 var, SRCV II 3248 var (all refs Hercules is diademed, not laureate), VF, green patina with some edge flaking, weight 1.454 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 101 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate bust Hercules right, Nemean lion skin tied around his neck; reverse Erymanthian Boar walking right, S C in exergue; scarce; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

Click for a larger photo This coin has the longest obverse legend on any Roman Imperial coin.
RB72489. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 591v, RIC II 663, BMCRE III 1041, Hunter II 383, Cohen II 320, Strack I 471, SRCV II 3189, aF, glossy green polished patina, weight 23.052 g, maximum diameter 34.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVGVSTI •S•P•Q•R•, Providentia standing left, pointing with right hand at large globe at feet, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, left elbow resting on column, S - C flanking at sides; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50



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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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IMPCAESNERTRAIANOPTIMAVGGERMDAC
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IMPCAESNERVAETRAIANOAVGGERDACPMTRPCOSVIPP
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IMPCAESNERVATRAIANAVGGERMPM
IMPCAESNERVATRAIANAVGGERMPMTRPPP
IMPCAESNERVATRAIANOGERM
IMPCAESNERTRAIANAVG
IMPCAESNERTRAIANOOPTIMOAVGGERDAC
IMPCAESNERTRAIANOOPTIMOAVGGERDACPARTHICOPMTRPCOSVIPP
IMPCAESNERTRAIANOOPTIMOAVGGERM
IMPCAESTRAIANAVGGERDACPPREST
IMPCAESTRAIANAVGGERM
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IMPNERVACAESTRAIANAVGGERMPM
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IMPNERVATRAIANVSAVGGERDACICVS
IMPTRAIANOAVGGERDACPMTRP
IMPTRAIANOAVGGERDACPARTHICO
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IMPTRAIANOAVGGERDACPMTRPCOSVDESVI
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IMPTRAIANOPTIMAVGGERMDAC
IMPTRAIANOOPTIMOAVGGERDACPMTRP
IMPTRAIANOPIOFELAVGPP
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