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 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: 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. 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: 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! 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 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: 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 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! 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. 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.