Trajan Victory As

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  1. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    Happy Friday!

    Victory / Victoria is a frequent representation on Roman coins. Nobody likes a good victory more than the Romans. I love these types and went back and wanted to share a bunch in one thread starting with the Flavians and ending with a shocking and dramatic auction house misidentification ***shocking, but true (maybe)***

    I'd say I'm in the lower-priced but lots of variety category, so if that's your thing too enjoy the ride:

    The big dog liked his Victoria, here awarding wreath onto a trophy or standard
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    Vespasian 69-79 A.D. denarius RIC II.2 362
    Victoria AR N 72-73 Roma
    Laureate head right
    IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
    VICTORIA AVGVSTI
    Victoria advancing r., about to place wreath on trophy
    C 618
    17.5mm 2.81g


    I know Trajan has denarius with Victoria awarding a wreath, I do not, but do have her with the palm:

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    RIC 193



    In another thread David Atherton - who seemingly is allowed to buy much more coins than me, shared a Domitian dupondius. There were some interesting similar styling between Domitian and Trajan, but more broadly between the Flavian dynasty and the Adoptives.

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    Titus 79–81 A.D. as RIC II 248 Victory 80-81 Roma
    laureate head right
    IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII
    VICTORIA - AVGVST SC
    Victory standing right on prow, carrying wreath and palm branch SC across field
    28.4mm 10.92g


    Trajan rose to authority in Domitian's government serving as legatus legionis in Hispania Tarraconensis and also putting down the Rhine revolt on his behalf. Historians indicate Nerva was forced, or wisely decided to pick the popular general Trajan - oh yeah the guy with the most soldiers at the moment! Looks like Trajan rewarded the Domitian folks by keeping some consistency in the mints - purely conjecture on my part:

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    Trajan 98-117 A.D. as RIC II 594 Victory 112-114 Roma
    laureate head to right, with aegis on left shoulder
    IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P
    S P Q R OPTIMO [P]RINCIPI SC
    Victory advancing to right, with wreath and palm; S C in fields
    also see: Woytek 475c; BMCRE 1002 var. (bust type)
    26mm 10.7g 6h


    A funny CT'r might say these two resemble each other because both reverses are smoothed!

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    The Julio-Claudian Dynasty Nero 54–68 A.D. as RIC II 172, 368 Victory 66-68 Roma Laureate head right
    IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM S C
    Victory flying left, holding shield inscribed S P Q R, in between S C
    26.0mm 10.54g


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    Trajan 98-117 A.D. as RIC II 402 Victory 98-99 Roma
    Laureate head right
    IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M
    TR POT COS II P P SC
    Victory walking left, holding palm and shield inscribed SPQR; SC in fields
    27mm 12.6g 5h


    I bought this one through John Anthony, nice portrait and now I think a duplicate:

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    Trajan 98-117 A.D. as RIC II 395 Victory 98-99 Roma
    Laureate head right
    IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM PM
    TR POT [COS II PP] SC
    Victory walking left, holding shield inscribed SPQR; S – C.
    From the DePew Collection
    26.0mm 9.70g 6h


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    Trajan 98-117 A.D. as RIC II 434 Victory 101-102 Roma
    laureate head to right
    IMP CAES [NER]VA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M
    TR POT COS IIII P P
    Victory walking to left, holding palm branch and shield inscribed S P Q R; S-C across fields.
    27mm 11.83g 6h


    The below fine plus grade has the Optimo Principi reverse with TR P on the obverse - you're running out of room Trajan!

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    Trajan 98-117 A.D. as RIC II 521 Victory 103-111 Roma
    laureate head right
    IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P
    SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC Victory advancing left, SC across fields
    27.01mm 9.9g



    Now the drama. The controversy. The reason why you were forced almost against your will to click and like this thread:


    Roma had the next coin listed as follows, but I believe it is RIC II 395 and they misidentified the reverse and it is an earlier style portrai:

    Trajan Æ As. Rome, AD 101-102. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head to right / TR POT COS IIII P P, Victory walking to left, holding shield inscribed S P Q R in two lines; S-C across fields. RIC II 434 corr. (no palm branch, TR not TP); Woytek 113a; BMCRE 751. 9.30g, 29mm, 6h.

    Very Fine.
    From the Antonio Carmona Collection.

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    But I believe this to be RIC II 395 with COS II not IIII P P on the reverse and an earlier style portrait, although I'm open to suggestions on this.

    Let's see some Victoria, Trajan, or Flavian, and if I'm totally wrong on the ID on the last one.
     
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Those are all wonderful! I am also in the collecting realm realm of low price but high variety category and have only one Trajan Victory but he is barely presentable...One of my first ancient purchases though...so he will always have a place in my heart :)
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    The only other large Imperial Victory I have is this sestertius of Gordian III:
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    Gordian III
    Æ Sestertius
    238-239 AD
    Obverse: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right
    Reverse: VICTORIA AVG S-C, Victory advancing left carrying wreath & palm
    Cohen 358
     
  4. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Good coins!
    My favorite one would be the RIC 434 Trajan.

    Here is my first Victory - being also my first Nero.

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    Unfortunately I am not sure about its full attribution - also not sure if it is Rome or Lugdunum.

    This one went through hard times but it's easier to identify and kept interesting details
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    Nero AD 54-68. Rome
    As Æ
    RIC I Nero 351
    Date Range: AD 62 - AD 68
    Obverse Legend: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM
    Type: Head of Nero, laureate, right
    Reverse Legend: S C
    Type: Victory, winged, draped, moving left, holding in both hands shield inscribed S P Q R
    27 mm., 8,45 g

    Trajan with Victory - I only have 1 denarius and one of the few coins I feel I overpaid a little.
    Nevertheless, a nice coin.
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    IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, bust of Trajan, laureate, right (sometimes draped on left shoulder as in this case) / COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory, naked to hips, standing right, left foot set on a step, inscribing DACICA on shield
    RIC II Trajan 130
    103-111


    Here is a Victory sestertius
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    IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder / VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory winged standing left, holding wreath and palm. S-C across lower fields.
    RIC IV Severus Alexander 618, Cohen 569
     
  5. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Great thread, just piling on:

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  6. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Nice variety of Victory!
    Trebonianus Gallus, AR Antoninianus, Antioch, 251-253 AD, 21.6mm; 3.55 gr.
    Obverse- IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
    Reverse- VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm.
    RIC IV-3, 93;

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  7. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Nice coins and fun thread @IMP Shogun . Here are a few Victories spanning from Republic to Late Imperial.

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    Roman Republic
    Anonymous
    AR Victoriatus, mint in Sicily, struck ca. 211-208 BC
    Dia.: 17 mm
    Wt.: 3.3 g
    Obv.: Head of Jupiter right
    Rev.: ROMA; Victory right crowning trophy
    Ref.: Crawford 70/1, Brinkman Group B


    2E664EDE-FA8C-47F4-ACE7-608A60570A15.jpeg Roman Empire
    Trajan (AD 98-117)
    AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 110
    Dia.: 18 mm
    Wt.: 3.46 g
    Obv.: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
    Rev.: COS V P P SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Roma standing left, holding Victory and Spear
    Ref.: RIC II 115 var., Woytek 287b
    Ex AMCC 1, lot 396 (Dec. 2018), Ex Michael Higley (Spartan) Collection with tag


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    Roman Empire
    Lucius Verus (AD 161-169)
    AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 165-166
    Dia.: 18 mm
    Wt.: 3.30 g
    Obv.: L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX; Laureate bust right
    Rev.: TR P VI IMP IIII COS II; Victory standing right holding palm branch and placing a shield inscribed VIC PAR on a palm tree
    Ref.: RIC 566


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    Roman Empire
    Elagabalus
    AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 218-222
    Obv.: IMP CAES ANTONINVS AVG; Laureate draped cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: VICTOR ANTONINI AVG; Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm branch
    Dia.: 20.29 mm
    Wt.: 3.26 g
    Ref.: RIC IV 153
    Ex Bill Rosenblum mailbox sale 28F, Nov. 1998


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    Roman Empire
    Canstantius II (AD 337-361)
    AE16, Siscia mint
    Obv.: CONSTANTIVS P F AVG
    Rev.: VICTORIAE DD AVGG Q NN
    Ref.: RIC VIII 182


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    Roman Empire
    Julian II, AD 360-363
    AR Siliqua, Lugdunum mint, struck ca. AD 360-361
    Wt.: 2.23 g
    Dia.: 18 mm
    Obv.: FL CL IVLIA NVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: VICTORIA DD NN AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond
    Ref.: LVG. RIC VIII 212; Lyon 259; RSC 58†c, IRBCH 1424
    Ex Harptree Hoard (1887)
     
  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Trajan loved his Victorias! Here's mine:

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    Trajan, AD 98-117.
    Roman AR Denarius, 3.21 g, 17.8 mm, 6 h.
    Rome, AD 107.
    Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate head, right, with drapery on left shoulder.
    Rev: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory, half-draped, standing left, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left hand.
    Refs: RIC 128; BMCRE 328-34; Cohen/RSC 74; Hill UCR 471; RCV 3129.
     
  9. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice victories...threads like this provoke me to look through my collection to see what I have - lots of Trajan Victories, but they are all low-grade.

    Two asses, both RIC 521, or thereabouts:

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    Trajan Æ As
    (c. 103-111 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust
    right / SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, SC, Victory advancing
    left, holding wreath and palm.
    RIC II 521; Cohen 436
    (11.66 grams / 26 mm)
    eBay June 2018

    The second one - Victory is a little clearer, but lots of obverse pitting:
    Trajan - As Victory lot Feb 2021 (0).jpg
    Trajan Æ As
    (c. 103-111 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust r. with aegis / [SPQ]R OPTIMO PR[INCI]PI S C, Victory advancing l. holding wreath & palm.
    RIC II 521; Cohen 436
    (9.78 grams / 24 mm)
    eBay Feb. 2021

    Another as - Victory holding a shield:
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    Trajan Æ As
    (c. 101-102 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM PM, Laureate head right / TR POT COS IIII PP
    Victory walking left, carrying shield inscribed SPQR.
    RIC 434; Cohen 640.
    (10.83 grams / 26 mm)
    eBay May 2020

    Even by my low standards this is pretty bad, but it is kind of an interesting Victory type - here she crowns Trajan, probably after some Dacian fracas or another. See her? See him? Yeah, it's pretty awful:
    Trajan - Sest. Victory crowning Trajan  lot Sep 2020 (0).jpg
    Trajan Æ Sestertius
    (c. 104-107 A.D.) Rome Mint

    IMP CAES [NERVAE TRAIANO AVG] GER [DAC PM TR P COS V] P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder / [SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC] Trajan std., holding thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory.
    RIC 549; Cohen 516; BMC 825.
    (17.84 grams / 34 mm)
    eBay Sep. 2020

    This is my favorite from this scruffy lot - a sestertius:
    Trajan - Sest Victory writing on shield lot Sep 2019.jpg
    Trajan Æ Sestertius
    (105-107 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    [IMP CAES NERVAE TRA]IANO AVG GER DAC [PM TRP COS V P P], laureate bust right, draped left / [SPQR OPTIMO PRINC]IPI S-C, Victory standing right, shield on palm tree inscribed VIC DAC.
    RIC 527; Cohen 542cf.
    (25.86 grams / 32 mm)
    eBay Sep. 2019

    A matching postage stamp from Romania for the above:
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    Finally, a Roma seated type, but holding a tiny Victory - a rather dramatic Fourrée denarius:
    Trajan - Fourree Roma seated Jan 2017 (0).jpg
    Trajan Denarius
    Fourrée (core exposed)
    (103-111 A.D.)

    IMP TRAIANO AVG GER [DAC P M] TR P, laureate head right, left shoulder draped
    / COS V P P SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Roma seated left holding Victory and spear.
    RIC 116; RSC 69; BMC 276
    (2.21 grams / 19 mm)
    eBay Jan. 2017
     
  10. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    My eyes are popping out with all your awesome victories:wideyed:

    Only have a few, none of them is a beauty and not sure if my attributions are right; your corrections are most welcome:

    Nero, Æ As
    Rome, ca. 65 AD
    25 x 26 mm, 8.829 g

    RIC² 312; Cohen 288; RCV I 1976
    Ob.: NERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP laureate head of Nero right
    Rev.: S C across field, Victoria flying left, holding shield inscribed S P Q R

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    Domitian with his name misspelled:
    Æ As, Rome, ca. 85 AD
    28 x 29 mm, 10.351g
    RIC II 308 var (name misspelled);
    Ob.: IMP CAES DOMITAN AVG GERM COS XI laureate bust right with aegis on l. shoulder
    Rev.: S-C across field, Victory advancing left, holding shield inscribed SP QR
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    Trajan, Denarius, Rome 101 - 102 AD
    RIC II Trajan 60; Cohen 242;
    Ob.: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM Bust of Trajan, laureate, right
    Rev.: P M TR P COS IIII P P Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm
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    Born Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, does his title include "Nerva" because he was adopted by Nerva?
     
  11. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That is exactly why :)
     
  12. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    Victory - NumisWiki, The Collaborative Numismatics Project (forumancientcoins.com)

    I had the wrong link. Sorry about that.

    In addition a few more victories:

    On the reverse above the quadriga (squint a bit!)
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    Roman Republican L. Rubrius Dossenus -87 denarius Crawford 348/2
    19.0mm 3.60g

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    Roman Republican L. Saufeius -152 denarius Crawford 204/1
    18.0mm 3.93g

    Here Victory is crowning with a wreath:
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    Antoninus Pius 138–161 A.D. dupondius RIC 897 151-151 A.D.
    25.0mm 8.94g
     
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