Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Trajan

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Trajan.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Trajan

This silver coin was minted in Rome by the emperor Trajan sometime between 103 and 111 AD. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has the head of Trajan wearing a laurel wreath and facing to the right. The legend 'IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P' identifies the emperor and abbreviates a number of his titles.

During the 19 years of Trajan's rule, he pushed the frontiers of Rome to her furthest limits. He also commissioned a large number of buildings, including the forum and market of Rome, and the column which celebrates his victory in the Dacian wars.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-660-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.482
Date: 103 - 111
Minted between 103 and 111 AD
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P; bust of Trajan (c) / Rev. COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC; Danuvius reclining l. on rocks, DANVVIVS in exergue
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 100
Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Danuvius
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of Trajan, Rome, 103 - 111
  • Mattingly, Harold and Sydenham, Edward A. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol. II. Vespasian to Hadrian. London: Spink & Son, Ltd, 1926. 
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