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225, Lot: 343. Estimate $500.
Sold for $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Sestertius (31mm, 20.82 g, 5h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 115-116. Laureate and draped bust right / Trajan seated right on platform, accompanied by two officers, addressing soldiers. RIC II 655. Good VF, smoothing and tooling.

Trajan extended the Empire’s borders to their greatest limit. After two major campaigns (AD 101-103 and 105-106), he incorporated Dacia as a Roman province. In AD 114, in consequence of the installation of a a Parthian puppet on the throne of Armenia, Trajan annexed the area as another Roman province and then extended operations into Mesopotamia. The reverse of this coin depicts Trajan's acclamation by the troops as imperator for the eighth time, which occurred with the fall of the city of Singara in AD 115 during the campaigns on the eastern frontier.