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Trajan AR Denarius

Attribution: RIC II, 128, Rome
Date: AD 103-111
Obverse: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate head r.,
slight drapery on l. shoulder
Reverse: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory stg. l., half draped,
wreath in r. hand, palm in l.
Size: 18 mm
Weight: 3.50 grams
(Image of Trajan courtesy of Pat Lawrence: British Museum, London)

“His association with the people was marked by affability and his intercourse with the senate by dignity, so that he was loved by all and dreaded by none save the enemy.” - Cassius Dio Roman History LXVIII.15

Pliny’s Panegyric provides evidence that Trajan had senatorial approval. Due to his prowess as a conqueror, the legions also extended their support to the popular emperor. The reverse of this coin is fitting for Trajan. His campaigns against Dacia are perhaps the highlight of his entire reign; so much so, that the senate erected Trajan’s column to commemorate the victory. This impressive stone column (100 ft. high) contains a spiral frieze retelling the glorious Dacian campaign against the “barbarian” ruler Decebalus. Trajan overcame several obstacles, but achieved success through the capture of Sarmizegethusa where the Dacian royal house was plundered. Decebalus escaped, but was pursued relentlessly. He eventually committed suicide rather than risk capture by the “ruthless" Romans. His severed head was recovered and exhibited on the steps leading up to the Capitol in Rome. Upon Trajan’s death in AD 117, a precedent was set which all rulers following him would be measured against.
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Album name:Noah / Augustus to Clodius Albinus
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Date added:Dec 25, 2009
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randy h2  [Dec 25, 2009 at 01:51 AM]
very nice too
David Atherton  [Dec 25, 2009 at 03:01 AM]
A wonderful, well centered example with a good portrait. Congrats!
Enodia  [Dec 29, 2009 at 07:16 AM]
this is a beautiful coin Noah. the Victory is lovely, and the portrait is fantastic!
Tibsi  [Jan 03, 2010 at 12:48 PM]
Jay (Titus Pullo)  [Jan 11, 2010 at 01:14 AM]
Simply supurb!
*Alex  [Jan 11, 2010 at 01:08 PM]
Really excellent coin.
cars100  [Mar 25, 2010 at 02:10 PM]
Steve E  [Jun 07, 2011 at 10:38 PM]
Nice toning,regal portrait!
mdelvalle  [Nov 21, 2011 at 02:02 AM]
Excellent piece, Congratulations.