ROMAN EMPIRE. TRAJAN, 98-117 AD.
Silver denarius, 3.41g, 18mm, minted AD 107-108.
Obv. Laureate bust right.
Rev. Trophy with arms below.
RIC II 147b var. (bust); Woytek 268bC; RSC 100.
Ex Archer M. Huntington, HSA 1001.1.12920.
NGC graded AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, great type celebrating the Roman victories in the Dacian Wars.
Archer Milton Huntington was a great philanthropist whose generosity founded and enriched many cultural institutions in New York City. Among these are the Hispanic Society of America (HSA), dedicated to the study of the culture of Spain, and the American Numismatic Society (ANS), where Huntington served as honorary president from 1910 to 1955, the year of his death. Huntington gave to the Hispanic Society a vast collection of coins related to the history of Spain and spanning all periods from antiquity onward. These coins were on long-term loan to the ANS until they were recalled and sold by the HSA in 2012. For a story on the scope of Huntington’s collection and its sale see: