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290, Lot: 376. Estimate $100.
Sold for $150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Sestertius (33mm, 24.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 107-110. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / Single-span bridge across river; arched tower at either end; boat in river below. RIC II 569; Woytek 314bC; Banti 265. Near Fine, golden tan patina.

From the R. D. Frederick Collection.

The bridge on the reverse of this coin has been generally thought to be that constructed across the Danube by Trajan’s architect, Apollodorus of Damascus, in AD 104. There is good circumstantial evidence for this. The date range for this coin’s issue is closely contemporary with the date of the bridge’s construction, and would fit in well programmatically with those war-related issues of the same time frame.