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Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > The Adoptive Emperors > Hadrian > RB89341
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Trajan likely intended Hadrian as his successor, but he never made it official. The adoption was signed not by Trajan but by his wife Plotina, and was dated the day after Trajan's death. That Hadrian was still in Syria was a further irregularity, as Roman law required the presence of both parties at the adoption. Rumors, doubts, and speculation attended Hadrian's succession. Trajan's young manservant Phaedimus died soon after Trajan and it was suggested that he was killed (or killed himself) to avoid awkward questions. Ancient sources are divided on the legitimacy of Hadrian's adoption: Dio Cassius thought it bogus and the Historia Augusta writer genuine. This coin, from Hadrian's first issue, was undoubtedly intended to counteract the rumors doubting his legitimacy.
RB89341. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II 534(a) (R), Cohen II 523, BMCRE III 1101, Hunter III -, SRCV II -, aF, Rome mint, weight 12.415g, maximum diameter 27.2mm, die axis 180o, 1st issue, 117 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P, Divus Traian, on left, standing right, handing globe to Hadrian, on right, standing left, both are togate, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; SOLD











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