Coin (Reverse), Dupondius, of Trajan

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Coin (Reverse), Dupondius, of Trajan

This orichalcum 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 dupondius, used in Scotland by the Roman army for dealings within the army.

The reverse shows Victory setting a shield inscribed VIC-DAC on a palm, commemorating victory over the Dacians. 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 dupondius was of low value, the equivalent of small change.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-081-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.551
Date: 103 - 111
Minted between 103 and 111 AD
Material: Orichalcum. Inscription: Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P; bust ofTrajan, radiate, r., drapery front and back of left shoulder (d) / Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI; Victory r., setting shield inscribed VIC-DAC on palm; S C
Dimensions: 28.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 531
Coin, dupondius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Trajan
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Orichalcum dupondius of Trajan, Rome, 103 - 111
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