Denarius; Possible Forgery

Roman Imperial
Roman Empire




Weight: 3.5 g

Diameter: 13/16 in. (20 mm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Arthur Fairbanks, Class of 1886, in memory of his father, Henry Fairbanks, Class of 1853



Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area

Numismatics: Greek and Roman

Not on view


Obverse: Laureate head of Trajan, facing right, drapery on shoulders; inward reading inscription moving clockwise starting 6 o'clock: IMPTRAIANOAUGGERDACPMTRPCOSVPP; damage to top, above ear, and at base of neck; dotted border Reverse: Bareheaded figure (Trajan) on a horse running right; right hand held high and behind holding a spear; cape flying out behind; figure (Dacian) fallen on left knee in front of the horse looking back to the left with arms out and left leg stretched back underneath horse's forelegs; inward reading inscription moving clockwise starting 8.5 o'clock: SPQROPTIMOPRINCIPI; clear but empty exergue; dotted border


Arthur Fairbanks (1864-1944), Class of 1886; given to present collection, 1927.

Catalogue Raisonne

RIC, Trajan no. 208; BMC, Vol. III: Trajan no. 245, pl. 13/15 (in gold, not silver)

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