Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Andres2, Aug 9, 2021.
(not mine coin)
Show your Trajan denarii or Aurii
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@Andres2.....Great looking coin and high on my want list....The Denarius that is!
Probably due to the respect shown to his adoptive father Nerva, he didn't honour his true father until 20 years into his own reign.
Trajan AR Denarius 98-117AD 20mm/2.66gr (Minted 103-111AD)
Obverse-IMPTRAIANO AVG GER DAC PMTRP laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse-COS VPPS PQR OPTIMO PRINC Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae....RIC II# 118
Love that such a tough militaristic emperor was such a family guy. Also had coins of his wife, sister and niece.
I recently won a coin of him and his wife that I stole at auction:
My fav denarius is his:
My first Trajan has a portrait that reminds me of Nerva.
Other than the two above, I am fond of the VIA TRAIANA type honoring the road built to take more miles than the Appian Way but that cut time off the trip due to it being flatter.
Portrait coins of Divus Trajan Pater are nigh impossible to find - IIRC, limited to the extremely rare aureii, and a single provincial. I added one of the provincials to my watch list from a Savoca auction a couple years back, but either forgot to bid or missed it when it was live - didn't win it either way. I will never be able to afford the aureii!
My favorites of Trajan
Common as dirt Victory seated, but I really liked the portrait
Arabia Acquired - celebrating the peaceful annexation of Nabataea - and one of my all-time favorite Imperial portraits
Some of my favorite Trajans:
Dacian captive in mourning:
And four Provincials:
Camel (Arabia Bostra, prob. minted in Rome):
Melqart (Phoenicia, Tyre):
Tyche with river god Orontes (Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch):
Elephant quadriga (Roman Egypt, Alexandria):
@Andres2 ! I was not aware Trajan honored his natural Father on a coin. Nice find.
Laureate hd L
Rhinoceros walking L LI-Z yr 17
Emmet 719 var. rhino right
Ex: SteveX6 collection
Perhaps this one doesn't have anything outstanding but I liked the portrait, I had no Aequitas reverses and I find this a nice coin overall.
IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, bust Bust of Trajan, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right / COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Aequitas, draped, seated left on chair without back, holding scales in right hand and cornucopiae in left
RIC II Trajan 119, RSC 86
Heres my favourite Trajan:
and an interesting provincial imho, same as Donna's coin:
My favorite Trajan coin is this one, especially since after losing one I had no hopes to find another soon... especially in the same auction!
I can't say I dislike this provincial from Thyateira
Obverse ΑΥ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟΝ, laureate head of Trajan, r. Reverse ΘΥΑΤΕΙΡΗΝΩΝ, Tyche standing facing, head l., holding rudder in r. hand, cornucopia in l.
@Andres2! There are many interesting coins struck by Trajan, and I hope to add many of those to my collection one day. Here are my denarii of Trajan (no aureus obviously...) I've collected so far.
Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder,
rev. DIVVVS PATER TRAIAN, Trajan's father seated left on curule chair, holding patera and sceptre
(RSC 140; RIC 252)
laureate 'heroic' bust left, with slight drapery,
Rev. Arabia standing left, holding branch and bundle of cinnamon sticks; camel at feet
(RSC 89c; RIC 142 var.)
IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right, drapery over far shoulder / COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Dacian seated right on pile of arms, with hands bound behind his back; DAC CAP in exergue.
RIC 96; BMCRE 385; RSC 118.
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front, baldric over chest
rev. Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia, fort red in exergue
(RSC 154C var (bust); RIC-; MIR 526y+ (1 Example),
extremely rare variety, only second example known
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC, laureate 'heroic' bust right, wearing aegis, with bare chest showing / PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
RIC 333; BMCRE 629; RSC 192.
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