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TRAJAN. AE As. Rome, 112-114 AD Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI PP Laureated head right Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC, Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy. RIC 590v (COS VI); Cohen 375v (COS VI) 'the Senate and Roman people to the best prince' Rare reverse type, and referenced by Cohen/RIC as As only for 5th consulship, an apparent misreading according to Strack (see Curtis remark below). Paris coin fair, ex. J. Creusy, 10 March 2007

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Strack 429: similar asses in Paris, Vienna, Munich, Rome.


According to Strack, this type occurs only with COS VI, not COS V. Cohen 373 and 374 merely misreads the Paris specimens of the sestertius and the As: he says COS V, correct is COS VI, though the number is sometimes illegible.


In any case, a rare type in all of the bronze denominatons, sestertius, dupondius, and As.

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