Coin of Trajan

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Acquired in 1910 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Cohen, Henry. Description Historique des Monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain communément appellées, médailles impériales, par Henry Cohen. Paris, 1859-68. No. 525 Mattingly, Harold. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum. Vol. 3: Nerva to Hadrian. London: British Museum, 1936. No. 793 'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 116
collection_code
SCP
credit
Bequeathed by Mr George Salting
date_end
0105-12-31
date_start
0105-01-01
date_text
105 AD (made)
descriptive_line
Coin (sestertius), brass, of Trajan, head of Trajan / Tiber overcoming Dacia, Roman, 105 AD
dimensions
Diameter: 3.5 cm, Depth: 0.35 cm, Weight: 26.42 g
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
Medieval and Renaissance, room 64
historical_context_note
This is an example of the kind of Roman coin collected by Renaissance scholars.
historical_significance
history_note
The figures on this coin represent the Danube (in the form of a river-god), overcoming the province of Dacia (in the form of a supine woman), a land to the north of the Danube in modern Romania. Trajan conquered Dacia in 101-106 CE: his first successful conquest of land beyond the existing borders of the Roman Empire. The coin was made in 105 CE, when he was on the brink of this conquest. Trajan was the only Roman emperor successfully to cross the Danube and conquer the land to the north. The Danube represented Trajan's expansions and imperial achievements.
id
94901
label
THREE COINS of Trajan 98-117 Ancient Roman coins were very popular with Renaissance collectors. By owning them, and copying aspects of them in their own commissions, patrons could acquire some of the glory of the classical world. Roman Gold (left) and brass (centre and right) Museum nos. A.680, 707, 708-1910 [2008]
last_checked
2014-08-30T01:53:29.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T01:53:29.000Z
latitude
32.311141
location
Medieval and Renaissance, room 64, case SS3
longitude
-83.309642
marks
'IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V PP' (IMP[ERATORI] CAES[ARI] NERVAE TRAIANO AUG[USTO] GER[MANICO] DAC[ICO] P[ONTIFICI] M[AXIMO] TR[IBUNICIAE] P[OTESTATIS] CO[NSULO] V [QUINTO] P[ATER] P[ATRIAE]) To the Emperor Caesar Nerva Trajan Augustus Germanicus [Conqueror of the Germans] Dacicus [Conqueror of the Dacians], High Priest, Holder of Tribunician Power, in his fifth year as Consul, Father of the Country. 'S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [in ex.]' (S[ENATUS] P[OPULUS] Q[UE] R[OMANUS] OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around) S[ENATUS] C[ONSULTO or CENSUIT]) The Roman Senate and people to the best leader. By decree of the Senate.
materials
brass
materials_techniques
Struck brass
museum_number
A.708-1910
museum_number_token
a7081910
object_number
O122340
object_type
Coin (sestertius)
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Brass coin. On the obverse is a head of Trajan with an inscription around the border. On the reverse is shown a male figure (Danuvius; river Danube), partly naked, with a scarf billowing around his head and holding a reed, rushing upon a female figure (Dacia), half-reclining on the ground. Also with an inscription around the border.
place
Roman
primary_image_id
2008BV1279
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
The figures on this coin represent the Danube (in the form of a river-god), overcoming the province of Dacia (in the form of a supine woman), a land to the north of the Danube in modern Romania. Trajan conquered Dacia in 101-106 CE: his first successful conquest of land beyond the existing borders of the Roman Empire. The coin was made in 105 CE, when he was on the brink of this conquest. Ancient Roman coins were popular with Renaissance collectors. By owning them and copying aspects of them in their own commissions, patrons could acquire some of the glory of the classical world.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
coin-of-trajan-coin-sestertius-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
struck
title
Coin of Trajan
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
105
year_start
105