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The Via Traiana


Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 25.39 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 112/3-114. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery / S · P · Q · R · OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Via Traiana reclining left, head right, resting elbow on rock, holding wheel balanced on knee with right hand, cradling branch in left arm; VIA TRAIANA in exergue. RIC II 636 var. (bust type); Woytek 476b; Strack 426; Banti 347; BMCRE 988 var. (same); BN 710 var. (same); Hunter 359. Good VF, olive green patina on the obverse with a green brown patina on the reverse. Minor deposits of verdigris. A very attractive example in hand..

The Via Traiana, constructed at Trajan's own expense between AD 109 and 113, replaced the Via Appia as the usual route between Brindisium to Beneventum, serving as an important link between Rome and the East.