Just to clarify things - I'm not a dealer, seller or hobbyist - I would however like some information if possible. If I'm on the wrong forum - I apologise.
I found a roman coin in amongst a tin full of coins.
It's about 32mm across the widest part & 2-3mm deep. It has a brassy look to it.
One side has an emporer's head looking right with the following text round it
IMPCAESNERVALTRAIANOnVGGERDACPMT - then I can't read the rest.
The other side has the following text:
FORTVN - can't read the rest until EDVC
At the bottom is SC
There is a seated woman? holding something in her left hand - she is facing left.
Any clues, history etc
Thanks in advance
A coin for comparison...
Compare your coin with this one:
How is yours different/similar? A picture would help greatly.
Joe - thanks for the reply.
The coin you have referred me to is similar - however the emperor on my coin looks younger & the headgear looks a little different.
I have done a little 'googling' and came across a coin which looks identical. I'd better not give the link as I think they are competitors to this site.
The information with the coin is:
Ref Trajan AE Sestertius, RIC 628, Cohen 164, BMC 966
TRAJAN Æ Sestertius. Struck 113 AD. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / Fortuna seated left, holding rudder & globe. Cohen 164.
Looks the same to my untrained eye - but doesn't give any explanation of inscription meanings.
I'm amazed that no other numismatists are able to shed any light on this coin!
It's either phenomonally rare with no info available or as common as muck and not worth mentioning, or is it because I haven't put a picture of it up on the site?
Trajan Sestertius pics
Pics are not brilliant but may help.
I think that your obverse legend is wrong .... I think if you look closely the L in the beginning is not there... should read:
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P OR
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V I P P
Your Reverse is:
FORTVNAE REDVCI S C
a wildwinds match to the coin is here:
Pictures are worth a 1,000 words to be quite honest ... especially with ancients.
Tony ~ MNpolock
As for history of the coin ... that will require a bit O research on your part .... here are a couple for starters
Nerva used the occasion of a victory in Pannonia over the Germans in late October, 97 to announce the adoption of Marcus Ulpius Traianus, governor of Upper Germany, as his successor.[] The new Caesar was immediately acclaimed imperator and granted the tribunicia potestas. Nerva's public announcement of the adoption settled succession as fact; he allowed no time to oppose his decision. From the German victory, Nerva assumed the epithet Germanicus and conferred the title on Trajan as well. He also made Trajan his consular colleague in 98.[]
And Robert at Calgary has one of the best break downs of what the obv legend means ... this is for a different coin ... but will help you I think
LOTS O LEARNING to do ... you and me both :-)
Thanks mnpolock - that's just the kindof info I've been looking for.
Better pics attached.
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