TRAJAN SESTERTII

 

 

 

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 Historical Policies, Acts and Events

  3. Annexation of Armenia.

  Osroes I, ruler of Parthia, placed a king on the Armenian throne, an act which angered Trajan. What followed was a military action in which Trajan annexed Armenia, invaded Mesopotamia, and then conquered Parthia.

 

     


This reverse depicts Trajan standing between the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates, represented by the reclining river god figures whose elbows rest on amphora spilling water . He has his foot on Armenia signifying its defeat . As Mesopotamia lies between the rivers, now Trajan stands there in the attitude of a conquerer. Trajan is depicted in 2 poses, either standing right or facing.

 

from the Matthew Sersch collection

 

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

rev: ARMENIA ET MESOPOTAMIA IN POTESTATEM PR REDACTAE SC

translation : Armenia and Mesopotamia subjected to the control of the Roman People

35mm

26.6g

Bust right draped

115-117ad

 Banti 30 BMC 1035

 Trajan standing right

This type also appears with a variation is Trajan's stance:

from the Dr. Jones Collection

Bust right draped

Trajan standing facing, head right

Banti 29, RIC642


also Bust right, draped left shoulder 3/4 view (Banti 28)

 

All Varieties are rare.



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