Denarius of Trajan

This is the second of the four Roman coins sent in by Mike Ruczynski. This one is a denarius of Trajan, whose dates are AD 98-117.

On the obverse the legend reads IMP TRAIAN AVG GERM DAC PM TR P COS V PP around the laureate bust of the emperor. On the reverse is the seated figure of Fortuna, who holds a rudder and a cornucopia and is accompanied by a legend reading S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI.

This type isn’t listed in volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values. However, it is included in Roman Imperial Coins as number 177-78.

Valuation

The type is quite scarce but the condition of this example isn’t particularly good. The obverse would grade good Fine but the reverse is only Fair. In its present condition my price range would be £20 – £25.

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