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    Best of Emperors

    Trajan (AD 98-117). AV aureus (19mm, 7.17 gm, 7h).  Rome, AD 103-111. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan right / Oak wreath enclosing S P Q R OPTIMO • PRINC in three lines. RIC 150 (R). BMCRE 253-256. Cohen 581. Calicó 1121. Attractive light reddish cast, with considerable luster in fields. NGC (photo-certificate) XF 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Bank Leu 72 (Zurich, 12 May 1998), lot 427. 

    In AD 100 the Roman Senate awarded Trajan the title of Optimus Princeps, "Best of Emperors," a title he proudly displayed on his coinage and public inscriptions. It is seen on the reverse of this coin enclosed within the Corona Civica, an oak wreath awarded to a soldier who had saved the life of military comrade or fellow citizen. 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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