Denarius of Trajan

This recent find came in from John Ruczynski. It’s a Roman denarius of Trajan, whose dates are AD 98 to 117.

On the obverse is a laureate bust of the emperor accompanied by a legend reading IMP TRAIANO AVG GERM DAC P M TR P. On the reverse the standing figure of Victory holds a wreath and a palm branch and the legend on this side reads COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC.

In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values denarii of this type are listed as number 3129. They were struck at Rome during AD 107.

Valuation

Mike’s find has some surface scratches, which show up mostly on the reverse, but the coin is otherwise better than Fine. It’s not a rare type, so my best price range in its present condition would be £30 – £40.

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