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    Trajan (AD 98-117). AV aureus (20mm, 7.18 gm, 7h). Rome, AD 113-4. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, FORT. RED in exergue, Fortuna Redux, veiled, seated left holding rudder and cornucopiae. RIC 253. BM 478 note. MIR 426f. Calico 1027 (same dies). Lustrous. Nearly Mint State / Good Extremely Fine.

    Ex Heritage-Gemini VIII (14 April 2011), lot 321.

    Marcus Ulpius Trajanus is widely hailed as one of the greatest of all Roman emperors. His 19-year reign was marked by military exploits that pushed the Roman Empire to its greatest extent, by judicious good government that extended a helping hand to the lowest classes of society, and by friendly relations with the Senate which set the tone for the next three reigns. Indeed, the perception of the second century AD as a second Roman Golden Age owes a great deal to the personal qualities and foresight of Trajan himself. This stunning gold aureus, struck during Trajan's Parthian campaign in AD 113-114, depicts the emperor wearing the armor of a general. The reverse refers to his anticipated "Fortunate Return" from the field. However, Trajan was destined to die in the East as the exertions of his reign finally caught up to him.




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