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Trajan 98-117 AD, c 103-111 AD
Second of the Good Emperors, Denarius
Trajan (Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus) lived September 18, 53 –August 8, 117 and ruled from 98 until his death. During his reign the had its greatest geographic size. The thirteenth emperor. He was from a non-patrician family in the Spain. He rose to prominence under emperor Domitian and after revolt against Nerva the Praetorian Guard forced Nerva to adopt Trajan as his heir and successor. Trajan instituted public building projects, building landmarks such as Trajan's Column, Trajan's Forum, Trajan's Market many of which survive up to today. Obverse laureate Trajan with draped left shoulder IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P. Reverse standing Felicitas holding caduceus and cornucopiae COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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