Bronze Sestertius - Ancient Rome, c. 98-117 AD
Obv: Laureate bust of Trajan, right
Rev: Arabia standing facing, holding branch & canes, Camel at feet
Mint: Rome, c. 113 AD
Comemmorates the founding of Roman Province of Arabia in 106 AD (S-3180)
32 mm/25.54 gm
Trajan was Roman emperor from 98 AD until his death in 117 AD. Officially declared by the Senate as optimus princeps ("the best ruler"), Trajan is remembered as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death. He is also known for his philanthropic rule, overseeing extensive public building programs and implementing social welfare policies, which earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world.