Coin (Obverse), a silver denarius of Trajan

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Coin (Obverse), a silver denarius of Trajan

This silver coin was minted in Rome for the Roman emperor Trajan sometime between 103 and 111 AD. It is a type of coin known as a denarius, used in Scotland by the Roman army for dealings within the army or with foreign merchants.

The obverse has the bust of the emperor Trajan. He is surrounded by an inscription reading 'IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, which is a long abbreviated list of the emperor's official titles. The coin shows very little wear.

The foundation of the Roman imperial coinage system was the denarius. Alongside this there was a limited gold series, based on the aureus, and a base metal series based on the sestertius. A denarius was of high value, equivalent to a soldier's daily wage.

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Online ID: 000-100-060-951-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10509
Date: 103 - 111
Minted between 103 and 111 AD
Material: Silver; edge nick at 8.0 (obverse); reverse very slightly off-centre; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P; laureate draped cuirassed bust right / Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI; Abundantia standing left, holding co
Dimensions: 20.00 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 167
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Abundantia
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Trajan, Rome, AD 103 - 111
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