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    Optimo Principi

    Trajan (AD 98-117). AV aureus (20mm, 7.18 gm, 6h). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 113-114. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Trajan right / S · P ·  Q · R · OPTIMO PRINCIPI, nude Genius (or Bonus Eventus) standing facing, head left, holding patera in right hand and grain ears in left. RIC II 275 variant (no cuirass). BMCRE 425-6. Calicó 1092 (S2). Cleanly struck on a broad, round flan.

    In honor of his exemplary rule, the Roman Senate in AD 105 bestowed on Trajan the title Optimo Principi, "the Best of Emperors," which he proudly placed on his coinage.


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