Ancient Roman Empire, TRAJAN, AD 98-117, AE Sestertius

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Ancient Roman Empire, TRAJAN, AD 98-117, AE Sestertius

Slabbed by -  NGC #2107322-018

GRADE - VG, Lacquered



Some History; From Wikipedia...

Optimus Princeps
White bust
Marble bust, Glyptothek, Munich
Roman emperor
Reign 27 January 98 – 8/9 August 117 (19 years and 7 months)
Predecessor Nerva
Successor Hadrian

Born Marcus Ulpius Traianus
18 September 53
Italica, Hispania Baetica
Died c. 9 August 117 (aged 63)[1]
Selinus, Cilicia
Rome (ashes in foot of Trajan's Column, now lost), now known as Trajan's Forum
Spouse Pompeia Plotina
Issue Hadrian (adoptive) Aelia Domitia Paulina (adoptive)
Regnal name
Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus[2]
Dynasty Nerva–Antonine
Mother Marcia

Trajan was born in Italica, close to modern Seville in present-day Spain, an Italic settlement in the Roman province of Hispania Baetica. Although misleadingly designated by some later writers as a provincial, his Ulpia gens came from Umbria and he was born a Roman citizen.[3] Trajan rose to prominence during the reign of emperor Domitian. Serving as a legatus legionis in Hispania Tarraconensis, in 89 Trajan supported Domitian against a revolt on the Rhine led by Antonius Saturninus. In September 96, Domitian was succeeded by the old and childless Nerva, who proved to be unpopular with the army. After a brief and tumultuous year in power, culminating in a revolt by members of the Praetorian Guard, he decided to adopt the more popular Trajan as his heir and successor. Nerva died in 98 and was succeeded by his adopted son without incident.

As a civilian administrator, Trajan is best known for his extensive public building program, which reshaped the city of Rome and left numerous enduring landmarks such as Trajan's Forum, Trajan's Market and Trajan's Column.

Early in his reign, he annexed the Nabataean Kingdom, creating the province of Arabia Petraea. His conquest of Dacia enriched the empire greatly, as the new province possessed many valuable gold mines. Trajan's war against the Parthian Empire ended with the sack of the capital Ctesiphon and the annexation of Armenia and Mesopotamia. His campaigns expanded the Roman Empire to its greatest territorial extent.

In late 117, while sailing back to Rome, Trajan fell ill and died of a stroke in the city of Selinus. He was deified by the Senate and his ashes were laid to rest under the Trajan's Column. He was succeeded by his cousin Hadrian, whom Trajan supposedly adopted on his deathbed.