BRASS DUPONDIUS OF TRAJAN, ROME, AD 116.

BRASS DUPONDIUS OF TRAJAN, ROME, AD 116.

295.00

Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, Radiate and draped bust of Trajan facing right.

Reverse: SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS S C, Trajan, in military attire, advancing right, head left, between two trophies.

RIC: 676. Sear: 3219. BMCRE: 1052. [Rome, AD 116].

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 12.5 g.

A wonderful brass dupondius of Trajan, the dynamically composed reverse depicting the emperor in full armour, between two trophies constructed from captured enemy arms and armour. Well struck, with sharp detail and a glossy, brown patina with brassy highlights. There is a deep edge knock at 1 o'clock on the reverse, visible in the photo, which must have occurred in antiquity. Overall, this is a gorgeous example of a relatively scarce ancient coin.

 

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