Silver Denarius of Trajan (Reverse Side)

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Jesse Sifuentes
published on 05 November 2019

A silver denarius with Trajan (r. 98-117 CE) on the obverse side. Here on the reverse side, the inscriptions demonstrate the major achievements of the emperor. They read as such: PM-TRP-COSVI-PP-SPQR. These are abbreviations for Pontifex Maximus (the chief priest in Roman religion), Tribunicia Potestate (Tribune of the People), Consul for the 6th time, Pater Patriae (Father of the Country, a great honor bestowed upon emperors and consuls by the Roman Senate), and Senatus Populus Que Romanus, meaning the government and people of Rome.

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About the Author

Jesse Sifuentes
I'm a World History teacher in Houston. I'm passionate about Ancient Rome, particularly Augustus' Principate and the Late Republic. My other passions include chess, cycling, art, and the Italian language.

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