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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.
RB88224. Orichalcum sestertius
240q (same dies), BnF IV
512 (same dies), BMCRE III
398, RIC II
478 var. (bust
367 var. (same), VF, well centered
, rough, Rome
21.340g, maximum diameter
34.4mm, die axis
, c. 106 - 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES
NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V
P P, laureate heroic bust
left, full chest exposed, drapery on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI
standing half left, head
left, holding grain over modius
in right hand, long scepter
vertical in left hand, S Ė C (senatus consulto
) divided across field
; extremely rare with this bust, struck with a superb obverse die!
$980.00 SALE PRICE $882.00
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 26, 2019.
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