Yay! Trajan!

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  1. savitale

    savitale Well-Known Member

    My daughter is visiting her grandparents for the weekend so I have the house to myself! After cooking a dinner that I wanted to eat, and watching a TV show that I wanted to watch, and having my own private Taylor Swift dance party in the kitchen, I finally got to open a Fed Ex box that has been sitting around for weeks. It's Trajan! My third Roman emperor. I really like it, especially the reverse because it is more dynamic than most. I guess it makes sense that Trajan chose to honor Mars on this denarius; as the victor of several major military engagements he had a lot to be thankful for.

    Trajan obv.JPG

    Trajan rev.JPG

    I'm getting there. By the list I'm using only 76 more emperors to go ...
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Great looking denarius!
    Trajan had some really nice coins.
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  4. Carl Wilmont

    Carl Wilmont Supporter! Supporter

    @savitale, that is a beautiful coin with a great reverse- Mars with a trophy AND Nike!


    Trajan (98-117 AD). AR Denarius. Rome, 98 AD. Laureate head right / Abundantia seated left on chair formed by crossed cornucopia, holding scepter. 17 mm. 3.4 g.
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A choice addition, congrats.
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  6. bcuda

    bcuda El Ibérico loco

    Wow nice coin , love it
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  7. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Very nice, love the reverse
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  8. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    That is a fantastic depiction of Mars. What great detail.
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  9. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That is a beautiful coin, @savitale! Nice addition to your budding collection!

    I think this one is my favorite Trajan, issued to commemorate the Via Traiana.

    Trajan SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI VIA TRAIANA denarius Solidus.jpg
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  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Weeks? I find it hard to wait minutes after arrival.
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  11. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    My favorite Trajan is this one, which is one of the few coins that shows a camel
    Trajan AR Drachm Syd Bostra 385.jpeg
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  12. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Supporter! Supporter

    Congrats! Trajan was my first denarius.


    Trajan (AD 98-117). AR denarius (18mm, 7h). NGC XF. Rome, ca. AD 104-111. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan right / S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Pax standing left, right foot on Dacian captive, branch downward in right hand, cornucopia in left. RIC II 190 var. (bust type).

    Sounds like you are trying to collect all the Emperors like me! ^_^

    I decided to save Caligula for last. His cost a fortune! o_O
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  13. ominus1

    ominus1 When in Rome, do as the Romans do Supporter

    ..haha..i'm wid ya Bing!....:D..that is a outstanding Trajan Savitale .:)
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  14. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Supporter! Supporter

    I’m the same.

    My most recent purchase was the Quadrigatus I shared with everyone.

    I won it at auction on July 7th.

    Then I was pacing around trying to be patient until it finally shipped on the 16th.

    So I had to wait through the entire weekend with USPS saying it would be delivered Monday.

    Well...that didn’t happen.

    Lately USPS has become a joke and I wish more companies would give customers the option of UPS/FedEx. I would gladly pay a little bit more for that.

    It came Tuesday instead and I had lost all patience and ended up running down to the mailbox and ripping the package open before I even got home xD
  15. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    That is a spectacular reverse type, great pickup @savitale !

    This is my favorite Trajan denarius:

    Trajan, AR Denarius (18 mm, 3.23g), Rome, 107-111. Laureate head of Trajan to right./ Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm frond. RIC 128.
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  16. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Excellent Trajan denarius. A true beauty!
    Mine are not a match but getting Trajan coins is one of the main goals in my collection.
    Here are mine
    Very first denarius, in a poor state, but I was extremely happy to get it in my very first lot, described as "bronze coins"


    A quadrans - turned out to be quite rare (RIC 693)


    First Trajan denarius I bought individually - with Pietas


    Thyateira provincial


    Seleucia provincial


    DACICA shield, my favorite so far


    and a dupondius with Abundantia.

    Trajan offers a very wide area of coins, honoring historical events, large variety of reverses ... so most likely I will not stop, especially since there are some Trajan coins on my wish list.
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  17. svessien

    svessien Senior Member

    W...w..wait, WHAT? So everyone doesn’t tear open their shipments on the way from the mail box to the door???

    Just kidding:) Coingrats, @savitale It is a beautiful coin. I like the reverse very much. The movement in the figure makes it a bit «dynamic». And great detail on the coin too. Fun to see how you are building the collection.
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  18. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Wow, what a beautifull Mars denarius , savitale, congrats

    Here's a more common one:


    my favourite Trajan denarius:

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  19. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    Congrats, @savitale , that reverse style is superb!
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  20. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I've been working on properly cataloging our collection and as part of that, have been reimaging all of the coins. I worked on Trajan a few days ago. This is one of the first ancients we bought and is still one of my favorites for the cameo look it has:

    Trajan, Denarius, Genius.png
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  21. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Great coin, @savitale

    Arabia Petraea, Bostra.
    Trajan. CE 98-117.
    AR drachm (18.57 mm, 2.92 g, 8 h).
    Struck A.D. 114-116.
    Obv: AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANω APICTω CЄB ΓЄPM ΔAK, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind /
    Rev: ΔHMAPX EΞ UPAT ς, Arabia standing left holding branch and bundle of cinnamon sticks; at feet, camel left.
    Ref: SNG ANS 1158; SNG von Aulock 6408; Sydenham, Caesarea 205. VF.
    Ex Harlan J. Berk
    Ex Agora
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