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Trajan, 98-117 AD c 103-11 AD
Second of the Good Emperors. Dacian Campaigns Sestertius
Trajan had two campaigns against Dacia followed by actual incorporation to the Empire of the trans-Danube border Kingdom of Dacia. In the first military campaign c. March–May 101, Trajan after crossing the northern bank of the Danube River he defeated the Dacian army near or in a mountain pass called Tapae. The victory was costly to Trajan's forces and he took a year to heal troops, reinforce, and regroup. King Decebalus launched a counter-attack but this was repulsed. Trajan's army advanced further into Dacian territory and forced King Decebalus to submit to him a year later. After building massive bridge 1,135 meters in length, 15 meters in width, and 19 meters in height), he conquered Dacia in 106 and destroyed Capital Sarmizegetusa Regia. Decebalus commited suicide. Obverse laureate Trajan with cloak fold on front shoulder and behind neck IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P. Reverse Trajan brandishing spear on a charging horse r., before a Dacian enemy falling onto one knee while half raising his arms and looking back at Trajan. Trajan is using the skin of a lion or panther as a saddle blanket the skin's face and one hanging forepaw are visible to the right of Trajan's knee, and one hind leg of the beast flutters out below the horse's tail. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C. In our description we depict of the location of Trajan’s Dacian Bridge along the Danube
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Courtesy Harlan J. Berk, LTD

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