TRAJAN SESTERTII

 

 

 

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 Architectural types

  4. Basilica Ulpia

    Part of the Forum of Trajan, the Basilica Ulpia was a civic building used for matters of law.


The multi columned entrance to the Basilica Ulpia is depicted on this sestertius. A large frieze depicts quadriga, victories and horsemen.

 

from the Matthew Sersch collection(Ex)

(This piece is another example of tooling--hair has been reengraved, fields on reverse have been smoothed to enhance detail)

obv : IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS VI PP

rev: BASILICA VLPIA SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC

33mm

22.2g

Bust right, draped

112-114 ad

ref: Banti 36

This is the only Legend combination used on all varieties.

 

A nicer example from a California collection

 

Additional Varieties

 Bust right (RIC 616 Banti 34)

 Bust right, draped left shoulder (RIC 617 Banti 35, BMC 982)

 Bust right, aegis PRNCIPI rev (RIC 618 , Banti 32, BMC 983)

 Bust left, Heroic, PRNCIPI rev (Banti 33)

  All Varieties are considered extremely rare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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