Coin (Reverse), a copper as of Trajan

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Coin (Reverse), 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 reverse shows Fortuna, the goddess of fortune, holding a rudder in her right hand and a horn of plenty in her left. The letters 'S C' (for Senatus Consulto) are on either side. The inscription around the edge reads 'S.P.Q.R. OPTIMO PRINCIPI'.

For dealings within the army, and for transactions with foreign merchants, the Romans in Scotland used coins minted elsewhere in the empire. Dealings with natives were based on barter. The as was a low value coin, the equivalent of small change.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-080-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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