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E-auction 201-130041 - brm_305851 - TRAJANUS Denier

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Estimate : 175 €
Price : 135 €
Maximum bid : 147 €
End of the sale : 20 February 2017 14:21:30
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 117
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,41 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 4e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale et irrégulier, bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait inhabituel de Trajan. Revers avec une usure régulière. Patine grise de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
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Obverse description : Buste lauré de Trajan à droite avec l’égide sur l’épaule gauche (O*4).
Obverse translation : “Imperatori Cæsari Nervæ Traiano Optimo Augusto Germanico Dacico”, (A l'empereur césar Nerva Trajan, le Meilleur, germanique dacique).


Reverse legend : PARTHICO P M T-R P COS - VI P P SPQR.
Reverse description : Virtus (la virilité) casqué, vêtu militairement, tenant le parazonium de la main droite et une longue javeline de la main gauche, le pied droit posé sur un casque.
Reverse translation : “Parthico Pontifico Maximo Tribuniciæ Potestate Consulo Sexti Patri Patriæ Senatus Populus Que Romanus”, (Au Parthique grand pontife revêtu de la puissance tribunitienne consul pour la sixième fois père de la patrie au nom du Sénat et du Peuple romain).


Rubans de type 3. Grand buste héroïque avec la poitrine visible et une grande égide.

Historical background




Trajan was born on September 18, 53 in Italica, near Seville in Spain, like his pupil Hadrian. He belongs to a family of settlers settled in Spain. After a brilliant military career under the Flavians, he was consul in 91 and legate of Germania Superior when he was adopted by Nerva in 97 to succeed him. After the death of the latter, he becomes august. His reign will be devoted to numerous military campaigns against the Germans on the Rhine limes, which earned him the title of Germanicus. Then, he led two Dacian wars against Decebalus which ended with the annexation of Dacia. Trajan prepares a campaign against the Parthians, the turbulent and powerful neighbors to the east. He left Rome for the East and established his headquarters in Antioch before invading the Parthian kingdom. He will go as far as Ctesiphon (Seleucia on the Tigris). When he died on August 8, 117, the Empire was at its peak and experienced its greatest territorial expansion..

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