Trajan was probably one of the Romans fondest-remembered emperors.
During Nerva's reign he was singled out as the heir to the throne. Nerva died
soon after and the General wrapped up his battles along the German borders and
packed up for Rome. Here he was received as a hero and he reciprocated by
walking humbly through the admiring crowds. He put the Senate on notice that
they would be allowed to resume their administrative duties without his personal
interference. He then set out on large-scale building programs and set up a
charity for orphaned children. But the beloved emperor was a military man at
heart and could not wait to return to the business of fighting the empire's
enemies and expanding its borders. He added Dacia (Romania), Armenia and
Mesopotamia to the roster of domains. His military campaigns slowed under
several provincial revolts and he suffered a fatal stroke on his return from one
Obv-IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V PP
Laureate bust right.
Rev-SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI Trajan on horseback right, spearing enemy. SC in ex.
Obv-IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM DAC PARTHICO PM TR P COS VI PP Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev-SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS Trajan walking right flanked by 2 trophies. SC in ex.