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Denarius of Trajan

Silver denarius, 19mm, 3.22gm, issued AD 117. Rome mint.

Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS VI PP, Laureate, drapery on far shoulder bust facing right.

Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (ALIM ITAL in ex.), Annona standing holding corn ears and cornucopiae, child at her feet.

References: Sear 3117, RIC 243, RSC 9.

Trajan's "alimentia" was a welfare program aimed at children and orphans, although restricted to Italy only. It was funded from booty from the Dacian War..

2007NBL3221a   |   Very Fine   |   SOLD