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Trajan

M. Ulpius Traianus
Augustus (AD 98-117)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Trajan was the son of Flavian general and commander of the Rhine legions when he was adopted by the emperor Nerva. AFter Nerva died, Trajan took up the throne without incident and provided a long and stable reign over the empire and prosecuted several profitable wars, conquering Dacia and (for a short time) major sections of Parthia. He died in the midst of his Parthian War


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Trajan

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Coins of Trajan currently available

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Bronze dupondius issued AD 103-111.
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP, Radiate head facing right.
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC, Roma standing holding Victory and spear.
Fair-Fine   |   AUD $50.00
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Bronze dupondius issued AD 103-111.
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP, Radiate, drapery on far shoulder bust facing right.
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Roma seated on cuirass holding Victory and spear, shields behind (SC in ex.).
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $120.00
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Silver denarius issued c. AD 110.
Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP, Laureate, drapery on far shoulder bust facing right.
Rev: COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Arabia standing left holding branch and bundle of canes, camel at feet.
Nearly Very Fine   |   AUD $120.00
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Bronze dupondius issued AD 107.
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP, Radiate, drapery on far shoulder bust facing right.
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC, Trophy centre, two shields at base.
About Very Fine   |   AUD $130.00
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Bronze as issued AD 115/116.
Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, Radiate, drapery on far shoulder bust facing right.
Rev: DAC PARTHICO PM TR POT XX COS VI PP, Large SC within wreath.
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $130.00
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Silver denarius issued AD 116.
Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC PARTHIC, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: PM TRP COS VI PP SPQR, Felicitas standing holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
About Very Fine   |   AUD $140.00
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Silver denarius issued c. AD 107.
Obv: IMP TRAIANO AV[G GER] DAC P M T R P, Laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder.
Rev: COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO P[RINC], Victory standing on shields with palm brach and wreath.
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $160.00
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Bronze dupondius issued AD 113.
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS VI PP, Radiate, drapery on far shoulder bust facing right.
Rev: FELICITAS AVGVST SC, Felicitas standing holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
Very Fine   |   AUD $160.00
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Bronze dupondius issued AD 103-111.
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP, Radiate, drapery on far shoulder bust facing right.
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Dacia seated in mourning on shield and arms, trophy before (SC in ex.).
Very Fine   |   AUD $175.00
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Silver denarius issued AD 108.
Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP, Laureate bust, drapery on far shoulder facing right.
Rev: COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Victory holding wreath and palm walking left over shields.
Very Fine   |   AUD $200.00
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Silver denarius issued AD 104-107.
Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP, Laureate bust, drapery on far shoulder facing right.
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Mars advancing left holding Victory and trophy.
Very Fine   |   AUD $220.00