Trajan. AD 98-117. Ar Denarius, Trajan’s column

Trajan. AD 98-117. Ar Denarius, Trajan’s column

Trajan. AD 98-117. AR Denarius 19 mm. 2.9 gm. Rome mint. Struck circa AD 112-115. Rev: Laureate and draped bust right. Rev: Trajan’s Column: column surmounted by statue of Trajan standing left, holding patera and scepter, and set on podium decorated with eagles. RIC II 292; RSC 558.
Trajan’s Column was built with the spoils of the Dacian Wars. Covered by a continuous frieze of the war’s events, the column was capped with a gilded heroic statue of the emperor, while an inscription on the base recounted the feat of engineering in the Forum’s construction. After Trajan’s death, the column became the repository of his ashes.

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