Sestertius with bust of Trajan

Imperial Period
about A.D. 107–111

Mint: Rome


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

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right, drapery on left shoulder.
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


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