Sestertius with bust of Trajan

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 107–111


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 25.38 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number

1982.598

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right, drapery on left shoulder.
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Reverse: Temple with eight columns on podium with three steps. Colonnades to left and right. In center, seated figure on high base. In pediment, seated figure between two reclining figures. On roof corners, Victories holding trophies. Central figure on roof holds spear. S.P.Q.R.OPTIMOPRINCIPI in exergue: SC

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 in the 1950s: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift to MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule, November 17, 1982

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule