Reproduction Dupondius of Trajan - Cuirass
Obverse: Radiate bust right of Trajan, slight drapery on left shoulder. Text around IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P.
Reverse: Facing cuirass armour consisting of lorica segmentata and pteryges, S C across field. Text around S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI.
History: The empire reached its greatest geographic extent under Trajan, the direct result of his many military triumphs. The legends GER DAC on the coin obverse refer to his German and Dacian triumphs. Trajan was officially designated the honorary title "optimus princeps", best of emperors by the senate. Trajans victories are commemorated on Trajans Column in Rome.
Date: Rome mint, circa 104-107 AD