Silver denarius Please help

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  1. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

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  3. Treashunt

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  4. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Please help with info on this coin, It is my first denarius.

    Many thanks
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

  6. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP is what the obverse legend looks like to me
    Emperor Trajan, Augustus (all his billion titles)
    Reverse: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI I belive
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  8. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That's a beautiful denarius, btw. I love Trajan's coins.
  9. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

    So, how did you happen to acquire the coin? BTW, it's a purdy 'un.
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  10. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    it shore is....
  11. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    O this the one you 'won' from Sallent?....
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  12. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    If it is, then he's asking for value on the pcgs boards.
  13. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Say it ain't so.
  14. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    nope, they just gave it.

    To my eye, I don't understand how you guys can read the lettering.

    It must take years of practice to learn to read it.

    I am soooo confused.
  15. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    billion titles?

    I am confused enough with just one.

    I gotta order that book.
  16. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    It's the same coin; this is apparent if you visit @Sallent 's thread about his giveaway.
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  17. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

  18. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    This webpage from @Aethelred might help you with the reading of the legend.


    The parts of the legend that @furryfrog02 doesn't mention that appear on your particular coin (and called out as "billion titles") include:

    GER = Recognizes Trajan's victory over the Germanic peoples
    DAC = Recognizes Trajan's victory over the Dacians​

    Also, the Roman language didn't have U's or J's and they used V and I to represent those letters, respectively. You'll notice this in Trajan's name on the coin, TRAIANO = TRAJANO, and in AVG = AUG (short for Augustus)


    SPQR = Senatus Populusque Romanus - The Senate and the Roman People. (NumisWiki)
    OPTIMO PRINCIPI = [dedicated to whatever is prior] To the Best Prince (NumisWiki)
    And the book mentioned in the webpage I shared above, the book Reading and Dating Roman Imperial Coins by Zander Klawans might be a good one to start with.
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  19. NLL

    NLL Well-Known Member

    You can also go to Vcoins and look up Trajan denarius and look for a similar coin.
  20. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    I will refer to my reply earlier today on the giveaway thread.

    PS: This is the coin I found in an old safety deposit box, in case you guys don't recall.

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  21. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    He didn't ask for value, the person who replied to the PCGS thread gave it to him without being asked.
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