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Trajan, Denarius

Alan Johnson said the coin featured here is probably his favourite. It’s a denarius of Trajan, whose dates are AD 98 to 117.

On the obverse the legend reads IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM around the laureate head of the emperor. On the reverse the nude figure of Hercules (holding a club and a lion’s skin) is accompanied by a legend reading P M TR P COS IIII P P.

This denarius isn’t listed in volume II of Roman Coins and Their Values but the author (David Sear) lists only a selection of the known types. In Roman Imperial Coins it is number 49 and said to have been struck at Rome during AD 101-02.


The obverse is in VF condition but with some surface deposit. The reverse isn’t as sharp and would grade only Fine. Some collectors might be put off by the deposit but others might believe it makes the obverse more attractive. It’s not a rare coin to but to collector is shouldn’t be worth any less than £60.

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