Trajan, denarius

Here is another Roman denarius, which dates from the Imperial period. The finder, Jamie New, wasn’t sure of the emperor so he asked for more details, including a valuation.

On the obverse the legend reads IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM around the laureate head of the emperor. Therefore, this denarius was struck for Trajan, whose dates are AD 98 to 117.

On the reverse the seated figure of Concordia holds a cornucopia and a patera over an altar. On this side the legend reads P M TR P COS III P P.

David Sear doesn’t include this type in volume II of Roman Coins and Their Values. However, in Roman Imperial Coinage it is number 33 and in Roman Silver Coinage (originally published by B. A. Seaby Ltd.) it is number 227. The type was struck at Rome during AD 100.

Valuation

The obverse would grade nearly VF but the reverse is a bit weaker. Pricewise, I’d suggest a range of £50 – £70.

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