Coin (reverse), sestertius of Trajan

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Coin (reverse), sestertius 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 sestertius, used in Scotland by the Roman army for dealings within the army.

The reverse depicts Pax (Peace) holding a branch and horn of plenty, with her right foot resting on the head of a Dacian. The scene is symbolic of the peace resulting from Trajan's victories over the Dacians.

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.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-351-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C11476
Date: 103 - 111
Minted between 103 and 111 AD
Material: Orichalcum; mostly slight wear. Inscription: Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P; laureate bust right, with aegis / Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI; Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopiae, right foot resting on Dacian; S to
Dimensions: 36.00 x 35.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 503
Coin, sestertius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Pax
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Orichalcum sestertius of Trajan, Rome, AD 103 - 111
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