TRAJAN SESTERTII

 

 

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 Architectural types

  1. 1st Arch

    After returning to Rome in 99AD, an Arch was built to Comemmorate the Germanic Victories of Trajan.


This Arch has been described several ways but the main features are an Arch with 3 entrys topped with Trajan in a chariot of 10-12 horses with army trophys(sometimes with seated captives) at each side.

 

from the Matthew Sersch collection

 

obv : IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM PM

rev: TR POT COS III PP

34mm

25.9g

Head right

99-100 ad

ref: RIC 419, Banti 332

This is the only Legend combination used on all varieties.

Additional Varieties

Head right but rev has Trajan in quadriga on arch, crowned by 2 victories (RIC 420)

 Head right, draped left shoulder (Banti 333)


According to Strack this arch of Trajan still survives, though in

poor condition: it is that set up over the Via Appia, in front of the

Appian Gate, today known by the misnomer "Arch of Drusus". According to

Strack the surviving structure of this arch, in particular the three

passageways of equal height, matches what the coin shows, and it should be

identified with the "arcus Divi Traiani" recorded as standing in Rome's

First Region in a surviving ancient inventory of Rome's buildings.

  Mattingly in BMC reports Strack's conclusion without objection, but

it may not to be generally accepted today. Richardson, New Topographical

Dictionary of Ancient Rome (1992), tentatively accepts that the surviving

"Arch of Drusus" may be the "Arch of Divus Traianus" mentioned in the

inventory, but only says it seems different from the IOM arch on Trajan's

COS V sestertii, and doesn't mention the COS III type at all!

Comments by Curtis Clay

 

another example: From the Delane Hewitt Collection

 

 

 

  All Varieties are considered extremely rare.

 

 

 


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