This dedicatory gold coin to the emperor Trajan was issued by the senate and people of Rome. It was minted in the spring of 116 CE to celebrate his sixth consulship. The Spanish born Trajan was the first emperor to hail from outside of Italy. As emperor, he garnered a sterling reputation based on his aggressive military expansion and civic benefaction. Under Trajan the empire reached its greatest extent. In recognition for his military victories along the Rhine and Danube rivers in modern day Germany, he was awarded the honorific titles Germanicus and Dacius. Trajan was also a great builder and sponsor of social programs for the Roman people, leaving behind a rich architectural legacy. The Roman Senate conferred upon him the exalted title Optimus or “the best” for his military excellence and attention to civic affairs first in 103 CE, and a second time in in 114 CE, when it was officially accepted it into Trajan’s imperial title. The reverse connects the supreme Roman god Jupiter with the emperor Trajan. John Thilgten 2011.