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    Liberty Personified

    Trajan (AD 98-117). AV aureus (19mm, 7.35 gm, 6h). NGC XF 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 108-110. IMP TRAINO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Trajan right / COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. RIC II 123 corrected (not listed as cuirassed). BMCRE 312. Calicó 1001a (S5). A pleasing aureus, defect-free and possessing an attractive light reddish tone.

    The personification Libertas, embodying freedom from slavery and tyranny, was employed as a coin type by many Roman emperors, some of whom proved to be tyrants nonetheless. Trajan's 19-year reign inaugurated nearly a century of even-handed and relatively tolerant government in which the concept of Libertas was thought to be upheld, even if it proved in the end to be ephemeral, if not illusory.


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