TRAJAN SESTERTII

 

 

 

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  11. Wreath Reverses

 Trajan being awarded the Corona Civica is commemorated on this sestertius. The Corona civica or civic crown was awarded to those who saved the lives of roman citizens. It was a crown formed in the shape of oak leaves with acorns as represented on the reverse.


Corona Civica

This reverse depicts SPQR OB CIV SER within a crown of oak leaves with acorns

 

obv : IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM PM

rev: SPQR OB CIV SER

Head right

99-100ad

RIC421

This type also appears with variations.

Bust right aegis ( Banti112)

All Varieties are extremely rare.


The oak wreath is again used when Trajan was awarded the title OPTIMUS PRINCEPS.

 

from the Matthew Sersch collection

  • ex Cantonini collection

  • ex V J E Ryan esq. collection which sold in the 4/2/52 Glendining & Co. Auction, Lot #2450

  • ex Freeman and Sear CICF 2001

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

rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC

33mm

23.0g

Bust right, draped left shoulder

103-111ad

RIC476a, Banti300, BMC 867

 

another example below:

From the Dr. Jones collection


This type also appears with variations.

Bust right ( RIC476)

All Varieties are rare.



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