Historical Policies, Acts and Events
10. Trajan's Speech
This type illustrates Trajan speaking to the people of Rome in the Circus Maximus before the opening of the triumphal games celebrating the Dacian victory.
This reverse depicts Trajan on platform with attendant speaking to a group of citizens in the Circus Maximus as denoted by the 3 obelisks in the background. A women reclines right, leaning on wheel in the foreground.
from the Matthew Sersch collection
obv : IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP
rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
RIC553, Banti 227, BMC 827
This type also appears with variations.
Head right but no wheel( RIC554). It should be mentioned that although RIC and Cohen list this type,Banti doubts its existance.
Head right aegis (Banti 228)
Bust right draped left shoulder (Banti 229)
All Varieties are extremely rare.