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Denarius of Trajan

The Roman denarius pictured here is the second from a batch of seven sent in by Robin Dones. This is a coin of Trajan, who became emperor in AD 98 and died at Cilicia during August of AD 117.

On the obverse the legend reads IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC TR P COS V P P around the laureate bust of Trajan. On the reverse is the seated personification of Dacia, in an attitude of mourning, and a legend reading S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI. In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values this coin is listed as number3168. The type was struck at Rome during AD 106.


This denarius is just one of quite a large number of coins that celebrated Trajan’s victory over the Dacians. Besides the propaganda placed on coins, lots of other imagery in metal, stone and marble advertised Trajan’s triumph and the crushing of Dacia.

Both sides of the coin would grade about VF. The type isn’t particularly rare but nor is it as common as many other denarii of Trajan. To a keen collector this denarius should be worth £80 – £100.

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