Coin (Obverse), a copper as of Trajan

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Coin (Obverse), a copper as of Trajan

This copper coin was minted in Rome for the Roman emperor Trajan sometime between 103 and 111 AD. It is a type of coin known as an 'as', used in Scotland by the Roman army for dealings within the army.

The obverse has the bust of the emperor Trajan. He is surrounded by an inscription reading 'IMP CAES NERVAE 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 foundation of the Roman imperial coinage system was the silver denarius. Alongside this there was a limited gold series, based on the aureus, and a base metal series based on the sestertius. An as was worth a quarter of a sestertius.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-401-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.549
Date: 103 - 111
Minted between 103 and 111 AD
Material: Copper. Inscription: Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P; bust ofTrajan (c) / Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI; Fortuna standing l., S C1932.549
Dimensions: 27.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 500
Coin, as
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Fortuna
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Copper as of Trajan, Rome, 103 - 111
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