User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Sestertius with bust of Trajan

Start collecting

Obverse: Laureate bust of Trajan to right, drapery on left shoulder. IMPCAESNERVAETRAIANOAVGGERDACPMTRPCOSVPP Reverse: Trajan in quadriga left. SPQROPTIMOPRINCIPI; in ex.: SC

Provenance

By date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co. Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W1 (auction of the H. P. Hall Collection, November 16, 1950, lot 1320, partial); by 1952: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; acquired by Cornelius C. Vermeule III from A. H. Baldwin, August 30, 1952; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 16, 1998

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 103–111

Mint

Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 26.53 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1998.471

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins