Trajan Media’s namesake born today in 53 AD

Trajan, a Roman emperor from 98 AD until his death, was born on this day in 53 AD.

According to onthisday.com, Trajan was officially declared by the Senate as optimus princeps (“the best ruler”). He 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.

The website states Trajan 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.

Partners Paul Fiocca, Anderson Charters and Paul Winkler saw it fitting back in 1989, when they purchased Canadian Coin News and Canadian Stamp News, to call their company The Trajan Publishing Corporation.

ROMAN TRAJAN COINS

The Roman emperor’s image is also featured on numerous Roman coins.

According to the website trajancoins.info, many of the coins of Trajan feature a marvellous heroic and realistic bust. However, when Trajan was raised to emperor the mints were faced with a quandary as they had no official portraits to copy for their engraving. Trajan complicated the issue by staying on the frontier with his troops a full year before returning to Rome. Thus, many of the early coins minted during his first consulship [COS II, 97-99 CE] bear images that were the best guesses of the celators. Often the images have a distinctive Nerva look.

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