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Weight=2.85 g

This coin, struck in 116 AD, represents Trajan at his height. Despite the small text size, the titles seem to barely fit on the flan!

Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC PARTICO; Laureate and draped bust right
The titles were awarded in the following order:
Germanicus (Victorious in Germania), October 97 AD
Dacicus (Victorious in Dacia), 102 AD
Optimus (the Best), 114 AD
Parthicus (Victorious in Parthia), 116 AD


Rev: P M TR P COS VI PP SPQR; Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae
PM (Pontifex Maximus), Head priest
TR P (Tribunicia Potestas), Tribunic power
COS VI, Consul for the sixth time
PP (Pater Patriae), Father of the country
SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus), The Roman Senate and People

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Re: Trajan (AD 98-117), Denarius, Rome mint, AD116, RIC II 345; RSC 280
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 06:32:31 PM »
That's a lot of little letters ! Congrats on this new aquisition !

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Re: Trajan (AD 98-117), Denarius, Rome mint, AD116, RIC II 345; RSC 280
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 04:42:57 PM »
I was unable to find this one in Sear. Did I miss something?

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Re: Trajan (AD 98-117), Denarius, Rome mint, AD116, RIC II 345; RSC 280
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 06:16:58 PM »
Don't have Sear. Think this one comes closest ?

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Re: Trajan (AD 98-117), Denarius, Rome mint, AD116, RIC II 345; RSC 280
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 11:20:16 PM »
Yes, it appears to be RSC 280, RIC 245, which isn't in the new Sear Vol. II.

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Re: Trajan (AD 98-117), Denarius, Rome mint, AD116, RIC II 345; RSC 280
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 04:30:36 PM »
Thanks for the confirmation.

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Re: Trajan (AD 98-117), Denarius, Rome mint, AD116, RIC II 345; RSC 280
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 09:05:45 AM »
Thanks for spelling out the title collection. I have no doubt that Traianus was a great emperor, especially compared to some others in his era, but the titles made me grin, in particular "the best". At least he didn't call himself "incredibly tremendous the best" ;) Another that caught my attention was consul for the sixth time, since Roman republican law did not allow a consul to be re-elected. That had been a dead letter at least since Marius and Sulla, though.

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Re: Trajan (AD 98-117), Denarius, Rome mint, AD116, RIC II 345; RSC 280
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 03:59:41 PM »
I can imagine how the titles would sound when read out by a pro boxing/wretling announcer: "6 time heavyweight champion, conqueor of [...], the best of the best of the best..."  :D

The titles seem to indicate the extent of his popularity with the Senate. The Senate honoured future emperors with the wish felicior Augusto, melior Traiano (may he be luckier than Augustus and better than Trajan) and the emperor Decius actually got named "Trajan" by the Senate in a bid to revive the sagging fortunes of the empire.