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Trajan, Brass Sestertius

Item Reference: EM38181

Trajan, Brass Sestertius

Trajan (AD 98-117)

AE Sestertius, Rome AD 107.

Obverse: Laureate bust of Trajan, drapery over left shoulder, IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V PP.
Reverse: Trajan, in armour, on horseback to right, hurling spear at fallen Dacian below him, SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI.

About extremely fine. Splendid green patina.

Ex NAC, Auction 54, 24/03/2010, Lot #400 (Luc Girard Collection)

(RIC 543 var).


A fantastic brass sestertius celebrating Trajan’s Dacian wars, which had ended the previous year (AD 106). The reverse depicts Trajan on horseback, throwing a spear and a fallen Dacian warrior. This design is also symbolic of Rome as a whole, victorious over a subdued Dacia (modern day Romania), which was incorporated into the empire and became a province from AD 106 - 275.