Sestertius with bust of Trajan

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 116–117


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 23.90 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1978.44

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Bust of Trajan, right, laureate, draped.
IMPCAESNERTRAIANOOPTIMOAVGGERDACPARTHICOPMTRPCOSVIPP
Reverse: Trajan seated left, crowning Parthian king (Parthamaspates). An officer stands behind Trajan, and Parthia personified kneels in front of the podium to receive the king.
REXPARTHISDATVS SC (in exergue)

Provenance

By date unknown: L. P. G. Messenger Collection; by 1951: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W. 1 (Glendining auction of the Messenger Collection, November 21, 1951, lot 137); by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Collection; gift to MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in honor of their daughter Emily D. B. Vermeule, January 11, 1978; reassigned to the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour, January 11, 1978

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour