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2008bv1236 jpg l

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Acquired in 1910 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
'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
date_end
0110-12-31
date_start
0104-01-01
date_text
104-110 (made)
descriptive_line
Coin (sestertius), brass, of Trajan, head of Trajan / Roma, Roman, ca. 104-110 AD
dimensions
Diameter: 3.4 cm, Depth: 0.4 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
Medieval and Renaissance, room 64
historical_context_note
The use of the portrait is the most persistent and usually the most striking feature of coins of the Roman Empire.The tradition is still commonly seen today. Particularly during the first three centuries of the Empire's existence (27 BC-AD 284) images were made of historically recorded (and some unrecorded) people. Trajan was one the greatest of the Roman emperors.He waged successful wars against the Germans and the Parthians, and was rewarded with the title Optimus, 'the Best'. His memory was greatly honoured, and he was given the unusual right of burial within the city limits of Rome. His ashes were placed in the base of his great column, held in an urn made of gold. Theologians, such as Thomas Aquinas, discussed Trajan as an example of a virtuous pagan. In the Divine Comedy, Dante, following this legend, sees the spirit of Trajan in the Heaven of Jupiter with other historical and mythological persons noted for their justice. Dio Cassius reported that "he was devoted to boys and to wine".
historical_significance
history_note
id
99150
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
2014-08-30T02:15:54.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T02:15:54.000Z
latitude
location
Medieval and Renaissance, room 64, case SS3
longitude
marks
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P (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. Rev: S.P.Q.R. OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around); S C (in field). (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.707-1910
museum_number_token
a7071910
object_number
O126875
object_type
Coin (sestertius)
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Brass coin. On the obverse is the head of Trajan. On the reverse is shown a figure representing Rome, standing wearing a helmet, holding a spear in his left hand and a statue of Victory in his right.
place
primary_image_id
2008BV1236
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
On the front of this coin is the head of Trajan. On the reverse is a figure representing Rome. 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-sestertius-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
struck
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
110
year_start
104