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Exceptional Denarius of Trajan – Ex Gnecchi Collection

Triton XIV, Lot: 699. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $7000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Trajan. AD 98-117. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.29 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 106-107. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust left, chest bare, slight drapery over left shoulder; small globe below / S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Pax, draped, seated left on throne, holding olive branch in extended right hand and transverse scepter in left; to left, Dacian kneeling right, extending both hands upward toward Pax. RIC II 190 var. (bust type, no globe); MIR 14, 220qq-1 = G. Gnecchi, “I. Monete imperiali inedite nella collezione Gnecchi a Milano,” RIN I (1888), 4 and pl. 4, 5 (this coin); cf. Strack 94; RSC 418b var. (no globe); BMCRE 216 note; BN 400. EF, toned. A wonderfully executed obverse die. Very rare.

From the C.K. Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 38 (6 June 1996), lot 965; Bonhams & Vecchi II (23 September 1980), lot 256; Giovanni Gnecchi Collection.