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Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

Hadrian, one of the “Five Good Emperors,” abandoned the expansionist policy of Trajan and established a policy of defense and consolidation during which Hadrian's Wall in Britain was constructed. He traveled to nearly every province of the Empire, more than any other emperor, often ordering grandiose building programs to improve infrastructure and the quality of life in those regions. An ardent admirer of Greece, he sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire and ordered the construction of many opulent temples in the city. He spent much of his time with the military; usually wore military attire and even dined and slept amongst the soldiers. He ordered military training and drilling to be more rigorous and made use of false reports of attack to keep the army alert. He suppressed the Bar Kokhba revolt in Judaea, renaming the province Syria Palaestina.Roman Empire 125 AD


Click for a larger photo In 124, Antinous, described and depicted as a beautiful boy, became Hadrian's beloved companion. Their relationship is believed to have been sexual. Antinous drowned in the Nile in October 130. His death was proclaimed an accident. At the time it was widely believed that Antinous had been sacrificed or had sacrificed himself and it was said that Hadrian "wept for him like a woman." Soon after, Hadrian had Antinous deified, which previously had been exclusively reserved for members of the imperial family.
RB65532. Copper quadrans, RIC II 977, Cohen 450, BMCRE III p. 448 note *, VF, well centered, weight 3.670 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 124 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right; reverse COS III S C, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; rare; $400.00 (€300.00)

Click for a larger photo Hadrian standing left on the Rostra in the Forum, addressing five citizens with hands raised in acclamation, temple behind with four visible columns, SC in exergue
RB57402. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 640, Cohen 416, BMCRE III 1309 note (refs Cohen), Fair, weight 22.9 g, maximum diameter 32.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 124 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse COS III, Hadrian standing left on the Rostra in the Forum, addressing five citizens with hands raised in acclamation, temple behind with four visible columns (one to the left of Hadrian), S C in ex; very rare (R2); $370.00 (€277.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo During Hadrian's reign Italian agriculture declined as imports from Egypt and North Africa depressed wheat prices, making it unprofitable to farm and forcing many farmers off the land. In Rome, bread was distributed free to the poor and Roman bakeries produced dozens of bread varieties.
RX59599. Bronze drachm, Milne 1038; Dattari 1802 var (date above); Kampmann-Ganschow 32.228; Emmett 1015 (R5), Geissen -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, VF, weight 22.004 g, maximum diameter 33.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 122 - 28 Aug 123 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder; reverse Nilus reclining left, hippo under left arm, long reed in right, cornucopia in left, LZ (year 7) in exergue; extremely rare; $360.00 (€270.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The only photograph of the type known to us is the McAlee plate coin. We did not find any examples online. All the other references except McAlee and Cohen refer to Cohen, and none of the collections actually hold an example of the type. Lindgren identified this coin as a semis. Sear lists Rome and Antioch as possible mints. McAlee identifies the type as struck in Rome for use in Syria.
SH69499. Orichalcum as, McAlee 549, Cohen 433, SRCV II 3698, RIC II 681 corr. (radiate, refs Cohen), Hunter - (note p. lxiii, same error), BMCRE III 1353 note (refs Cohen), VF, some corrosion, weight 6.635 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome (or Antioch?) mint, 119 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse COS III, Griffin leaping right, S C below; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren Collection; extremely rare; $335.00 (€251.25)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Aegium (Aigai), Aiolis
Click for a larger photo Imhoof-Blumer listed this type in "Antike griechische Mόnzen" in Revue Suisse de Numismatique 19 (1913). That coin was in his own collection. We did not find another example.
SH68082. Bronze AE 20, Imhoof-Blumer RSN 19 (1913), p. 31, 85; RPC Online -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Mόnchen -; SNG Turkey -; SNG UK -; BMC Troas -; Lindgren -, Weber -, VF, nice green patina, weight 5.298 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Aeolis, Aegea mint, obverse AVTO KAI A∆PIANOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse EΠI ∆EIΦIΛOY OΛYΠΠIONEIKOY, Apollo standing right, wearing long drapery, taenia in right, laurel branch in left, AIΓIEΩN downwards behind; 2nd known(?); $300.00 (€225.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Shhhhh! quiet!...In Greek mythology, Harpocrates is the god of silence. Harpocrates was very popular in Egypt during the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods, as evidenced by his numerous terracotta household idols.
RX59024. Bronze diobol, Dattari 1718, VF, weight 8.372 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 133 - 28 Aug 134 A.D.; obverse AVT KAI TPAIAN A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate and draped bust right; reverse L IH (year 18), half-length bust of Harpokrates Heracleopolis, wearing Hemhem crown, finger to mouth, club behind; rare; $250.00 (€187.50)

Click for a larger photo Salus is the goddess of health but also of the public welfare (Salus publica or Romana). She was often represented on coins and art, like Fortuna, with a rudder and a globe at her feet, indicating her responsiblity for steering the state for the good of the people.
RB65152. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II 604a, BMCRE III 1237, Cohen 1358, SRCV II 3668, Choice gVF, nice green patina, weight 12.321 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 121 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, Radiate bust right, bare chest, drapery on left shoulder; reverse SALVS PVBLICA, Salus standing left, right foot on globe, patera in right, rudder vertical behind with blade upward in left; $225.00 (€168.75)

Roman Empire, Anonymous, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.
Click for a larger photo RIC identifies this type as common but it appears to be rare with the dove facing left.
RB63623. Bronze quadrans, RIC II p. 218, 25, VF, weight 1.847 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 81 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Venus right; reverse dove standing left, S C in ex; rare; $160.00 (€120.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Struck at Rome for Use in Syria
Click for a larger photo In 127 A.D., Hadrian returned to Rome after a seven year voyage to the Roman provinces.
RB65922. Orichalcum semis, McAlee 547(a), RIC II 688, SRCV II 3701, Cohen 443, BMCRE -, VF, nice portrait, weight 3.860 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 125 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse COS III, lyre, S - C flanking across field; $135.00 (€101.25)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.. Struck at Rome for Use in Syria
Click for a larger photo In 125 A.D., the Pantheon was constructed in Rome as it stands today.
RP65923. Orichalcum as, McAlee 551, SRCV II 3695, RIC II 666 corr., VF, cleaning scratches, weight 7.465 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 125 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse COS III, Roma seated left on cuirass, right foot drawn back and resting on helmet, Victory in right, long scepter vertical behind in left, round shield behind cuirass, S C in exergue; rare; $135.00 (€101.25)

Click for a larger photo Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
RS67688. Silver denarius, RSC II 816a , RIC II 126c, BMCRE III 280 (...TRAIAN - HADRIANVS...), SRCV II 3497, gF, weight 3.366 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIA-N HADRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right; reverse P M TR P - COS III, Hilaritas standing facing, raising veil from her face with both hands, HIL-AR P - R in two lines flanking across field; $135.00 (€101.25)

Click for a larger photo Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain.
RB59856. Copper as, RIC II 669, SRCV II 3681 var, VF, excellent portrait, weight 8.565 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 125 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse COS III, S - C, Salus standing right, holding and feeding snake from patera in left; ex FORVM 2011; $130.00 (€97.50)

Click for a larger photo In 117 A.D. Rome reached its greatest geographical extent. Hadrian would soon abandon the new provinces of Armenia and Mesopotamia as indefensible.
RS66161. Silver denarius, RIC II 12, RSC II 1011, SRCV II -, F, weight 2.679 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 117 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, laureate bare-chest bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS, Pax standing left, branch in right, cornucopia in left, PAX in ex; scarce; $125.00 (€93.75)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Struck at Rome for Use in Syria
Click for a larger photo An interesting type with Tyche of Antioch and the river-god Orontes, but struck at the Rome mint!
RP57016. Orichalcum as, McAlee 544a, RIC II 680 corr., SRCV II 3696, F, area of corrosion on rev, weight 8.502 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 125 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse COS III, Tyche seated left on rock, stalks of grain in right, resting left elbow on stork, river god swimming right at feet, S - C flanking across field; rare (R2); $120.00 (€90.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.
RX59565. Bronze drachm, Geissen 1001; Dattari 1808; Milne 1276; SNG Cop 350; BMC Alexandria p. 92, 785; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.470; Emmett 1014, gF, weight 23.770 g, maximum diameter 35.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 128 - 28 Aug 129; obverse AVT KAIC TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis, from behind; reverse Nilus reclining left on a crocodile right, himation around waist and legs, cornucopia in right from which an infant genius emerges, reed in left, Iς above, L TPICKAI (year 13) in exergue; big attractive 35 mm bronze; $120.00 (€90.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.
RX59601. Bronze drachm, Dattari 1794; SNG Cop 369; BMC Alexandria p. 93, 788; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.519; Milne 1329 var (date arrangement); Geissen 1056 var (same), F, edge crack, weight 27.860 g, maximum diameter 35.9 mm, die axis 330o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 131 - 28 Aug 132 A.D.; obverse AVT KAI TRAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse Nilus seated left on rocks, reed in right, cornucopia in left, crocodile right climbing up rocks, IS / L (year 16) above left; huge 35 mm bronze!; $120.00 (€90.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo In 136 A.D., the Roman province of Iudaea (plus Galilee) became Syria Palaestina, the first use of the name Palestine as a designation for Judea. Roman forces chased the Jews from Galilee.
RX64517. Billon tetradrachm, Kampmann-Ganschow 32.720; Milne 1518; Geissen 1209; SNG Cop 409; BMC Alexandria p. 71, 579; Dattari 1335 cor., VF, excellent centering, weight 12.718 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 136 - 28 Aug 137 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC TPA − A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate head right; reverse Demeter standing left, wreathed with grain, stalks of grain and poppy heads in right, long torch vertical behind in left, L / K-A (year 21) across field; $110.00 (€82.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Perge, Pamphylia
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Perga was the capital of Pamphylia. Today it is a large site of ancient ruins, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) east of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. During the Hellenistic period, Perga was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world, famous for its temple of Artemis. It also is notable as the home of the renowned mathematician Apollonius of Perga.Ruins of the main street in Perga
RP58738. Bronze AE 14, SNG BnF 402, SNG Cop 317, Nice VF, weight 2.652 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 180o, Perge mint, obverse KAICAP A∆PIANOC, laureate and draped bust right; reverse ΠEPΓAIAC APTEMI∆OC, Artemis standing left, long torch vertical behind in right, quiver over shoulder, bow in left; scarce; $95.00 (€71.25)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Euthenia is the personification of abundance or plenty. To the Romans she was Abundantia. Her attributes are heads of grain and the cornucopia. She can be seated or standing and is sometimes shown emptying a cornucopia.
RX59558. Bronze drachm, Geissen 1109; Dattari 1672; BMC Alexandria 805; Emmett 941; Milne 1410; SNG Cop 383; Kampmann 32.579, aF, weight 20.850 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 133 - 28 Aug 134 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TRAIAN A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis, from behind; reverse Demeter standing right, modius on head, holding grain and long torch, facing Euthenia standing left, wearing grain crown and veil, holding grain and scepter, L left, IH (year 18) in center; big 33 mm bronze; $95.00 (€71.25)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo In 127, Hadrian returned to Rome after a seven year voyage to the Roman provinces. Also in 127, acting on the advice of his proconsul of Asia, Minucius Fundanus, determined that Christians would not be put to death without a trial.
RX64521. Bronze obol, Dattari 1664; Geissen 956; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.342; Milne 1237a, Emmett 1150 (R3), BMC Alexandria 684, SNG Cop -, F, red patina, scratches, weight 5.025 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 126 - 28 Aug 127 A.D.; obverse AVT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CE, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse Demeter standing right, veiled and wreathed with grain, wearing chiton and peplos, long torch vertical behind in right, stalks of grain and poppies in left, L - IA (year 11) across field; scarce; $95.00 (€71.25)

Click for a larger photo There are peculiarities about these Roman crescent and star reverse types that are difficult to understand. First, the crescents are almost always depicted with the horns up. The moon is never seen this way in the sky. Also, in the sky stars are never visible within the horns of the crescent moon because there they would be behind the shadowed yet solid and opaque orb.
RS69963. Silver denarius, RSC 460a, BMCRE III 456, RIC II 200, SRCV II 3484 var (drapery), F, rough, coppery areas, weight 3.194 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, late 125 - early 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse COS III, star within and above crescent moon; $90.00 (€67.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo The Greek numeral sixteen (IV) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine and more could mean catastrophic flooding. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.
RX57429. Bronze drachm, Geissen 992 (same dies); BMC Alexandria p. 92, 786 cor (says elephant) and pl. XX (same reverse die); Milne 1267; Dattari 1805; SNG Cop 346, aF, weight 23.947 g, maximum diameter 34.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 127 - 28 Aug 128 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TRA A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse Nilus reclining left, cornucopia from which genius emerges in right, reed in left, hippopotamus under elbow, Iς above, L ∆W∆EK (regnal year 12) in ex; big 34.5 mm bronze!; $80.00 (€60.00)

Roman Empire, Anonymous, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.
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RB65624. Bronze quadrans, RIC II p. 218, 24; Vagi 196; Cohen 10, F, weight 2.565 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 81 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Venus right; reverse dove standing right, S - C flanking across field; $80.00 (€60.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo "Antinous was from Bithynium, a Bithynian city which we also call Claudiopolis, and he had become Hadrian's boy-favorite (paidika); and he died in Egypt, either by falling into the Nile, as Hadrian writes [lost], or, as the truth is, having been offered in sacrifice (hierourgethesis). For Hadrian was in any case, as I have said, very keen on the curious arts, and made use of divinations and incantations of all kinds. Thus Hadrian honoured Antinous - either on account of his love for him, or because the youth had voluntarily undertaken to die for him (ethelontes ethanatothe) (for there was need for a life to be surrendered willingly, to achieve what Hadrian intended), by founding a city on the spot where he suffered this fate and naming it after him [Antinoφpolis; modern El Sheik'ibada]. He also set up statues of him, or rather sacred images, practically all over the world. Finally he declared that he had seen a star, which he took to be that of Antinous, and gladly listened to the fictitious tales spun by his companions, to the effect that the star had really come into being from the soul of Antinous and had then appeared for the first time. As a result of this, indeed, he was ridiculed, especially because when his sister Paulina died he had not immediately accorded her any honours." -- Cassius Dio (c.164-post 229) (The section of his Roman History covering Hadrian's reign is known only from the 11th century epitome by Xiphilinus) 69.11.2-4
RX66487. Bronze obol, Geissen 1245; Dattari 1739; Milne 1575; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.772; SNG Hunterian 4129; BMC Alexandria p. 90, 764 var (no L), aF, weight 3.287 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 137 - 10 Jul 138 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC TPA A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate bust right, drapery (and aegis?) on left shoulder; reverse bust of Harpokrates (perhaps Antinous as Harpokrates) right, wearing hemhem crown, pomegranate before, K/L - B (year 22) flanking across field; $75.00 (€56.25)

Roman Empire, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to Venus. Doves drew her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Astarte was hatched from an egg tended by doves.
RB66974. Bronze quadrans, RIC II p. 218, 24; Vagi 196; Cohen 10, F, rough, weight 2.136 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 81 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Venus right; reverse dove standing right, S - C flanking across field; $75.00 (€56.25)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.
RX59672. Bronze drachm, Geissen 992; BMC Alexandria p. 92, 786 cor (says elephant); Milne 1267; Dattari 1805; SNG Cop 346; Kampman and Ganschow 32.462, aF, weight 25.972 g, maximum diameter 34.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 127 - 28 Aug 128 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TRA A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse Nilus reclining left, cornucopia from which genius emerges in right, reed in left, hippopotamus under elbow, Iς above, L ∆W∆EK (regnal year 12) in ex; big 34.5 mm bronze!; $70.00 (€52.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo The ancients did not all agree on the attributes of Serapis. A passage in Tacitus affirms that many recognized in this god, Aesculapius, imputing healing to his intervention; some thought him identical with Osiris, the oldest deity of the Egyptians; others regarded him as Jupiter, possessing universal power; but by most he was believed to be the same as Pluto, the "gloomy" Dis Pater of the infernal regions. The general impression of the ancients seems to have been that by Serapis, was to be understood the beginning and foundation of things. Julian II consulted the oracle of Apollo for the purpose of learning whether Pluto and Serapis were different gods; and he received for an answer that Jupiter-Serapis and Pluto were one and the same divinity.
RX57424. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 1146; BMC Alexandria p. 74, 614; Kampmann 32.359; Geissen 914 var (date arrangement); Dattari 1471 var (same); Emmett 891, aVF, weight 11.801 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 125 - 28 Aug 126 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC TPAIAN A∆PIA CEB, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse L ∆E−KATOV (regnal year 10), Serapis standing half left, resting on long scepter vertical in left, right hand extended over Kerberos at feet on left; $65.00 (€48.75)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo During Hadrian's reign Italian agriculture declined as imports from Egypt and North Africa depressed wheat prices, making it unprofitable to farm and forcing many farmers off the land. In Rome, bread was distributed free to the poor and Roman bakeries produced dozens of bread varieties.
RX57430. Bronze drachm, Milne 1357; Geissen 1068; Dattari 1627; SNG Cop 270; BMC Alexandria p. 82, 694, Fair, weight 19.816 g, maximum diameter 33.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 132 - 28 Aug 133 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC TPAIAN A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate and draped bust right, wearing aegis, from behind; reverse Athena standing left wearing crested helmet, two stalks of grain in right, resting left on grounded shield behind, L I-Z (year 17) across field; $65.00 (€48.75)

Click for a larger photo Hadrian traveled broadly, inspecting and correcting the legions in the field. More than half his reign was spent outside of Italy. Hadrian traveled as a fundamental part of his governing, and made this clear to the Roman senate and the people. This type was struck to commemorate his travel to Egypt in 130.
RS68684. Silver denarius, RIC II 297, RSC II 99, BMCRE III 797, aF, rough, lamination defects, weight 2.998 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right; reverse AEGYPTOS, Aegyptos wearing lotus on head, reclining left resting left arm on basket, holding sistrum in right arm; ibis in front; $65.00 (€48.75)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Tripolis, Phoenicia
Click for a larger photo Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) was the center of a Phoenician confederation of Tyre, Sidon and Arados, hence the name Tripoli, meaning "triple city" in Greek.
RP65927. Bronze AE 24, Rouvier 1695; BMC Phoenicia p. 210, 48; SNG Cop 280; Baramki AUB 25; Lindgren 2349, aF, weight 10.025 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 0o, Tripolis mint, 116 - 117 A.D.; obverse AYTOKP KAICAP TPAIANOC A∆PIANOC, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse TPIΠOΛEITWN, jugate, laureate and draped busts of the Dioscuri right, each wearing pileus surmounted by star; HKY (year 428, off flan) upward on left; $60.00 (€45.00)

Click for a larger photo In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also a personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti).
RB69500. Copper as, RIC II 795(a), F, green patina, weight 10.708 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing left, scales in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $50.00 (€37.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Antioch, Syria
Click for a larger photo In mid-117, Trajan, now a sick man, was slowly returning to Italy when he died in Selinus, Cilicia on 9 August. On his death bed, he made Hadrian his successor but rumor had it that Plotina and Matidia actually selected Hadrian after Trajan was dead. There was, however, no realistic rival to Hadrian. He was linked by blood and marriage to Trajan and commanded Rome's largest military force. Among Hadrian's first acts was to give up all of Trajan's eastern conquests. He then set out from Antioch to view the remains of Trajan, which were being escorted by Attianus, Plotina, and Matidia. He sent them on to Rome by ship and immediately returned to Antioch. He appointed Catilius Severus governor of Syria, and then left for Rome.
RP63932. Orichalcum semis, McAlee 539(c), BMC Syria 289 ff. var (numeral-letter below S C), F, weight 4.108 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch mint, obverse AYTOKP KAIC TPAIAN A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate head right; reverse large S•C, no numeral-letter, all within laurel wreath; extremely rare; $45.00 (€33.75)

Click for a larger photo Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her fatther Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RS68590. Silver denarius, RIC II 267, RSC II 1334, BMCRE III 715, SRCV II 3540, F, scratches, encrustation, weight 3.293 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 137 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right; reverse SALVS AVG, Salus standing right feeding snake coiled around altar; $45.00 (€33.75)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Berytus, Phoenicia
Click for a larger photo Named for the daughter of Augustus, Colonia Iulia Augusta Felix Berytus was founded in 14 B.C. with veterans of the 5th and 8th legions. Herod the Great, Herod Agrippa I, and Herod Agrippa II built sumptuous monuments and sponsored gladiatorial combats at Berytos. After the siege of Jerusalem, Titus gave gladiatorial games at Berytos, in which the combatants were Jews.
RP66216. Bronze AE 20, Rouvier 532; SNG Cop 101; BMC Phoenicia p. 66, 99, aVF, weight 4.989 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Berytus (Beirut) mint, 128 - 138 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES TRAI HADRIANVS AVG P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse COL / BER, two legionary aquilae (eagles) flanking inscription in two lines, all within laurel wreath; $40.00 (€30.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 122, Hadrian gave up the conquered territories in Scotland. During a personal visit to the area, Hadrian ordered construction of a 73 mile (117-kilometer) long wall to mark the northern border and keep the Caledonians, Picts and other tribes at bay. Construction of Hadrian's Wall began on 13 September.
RB69306. Copper as, RIC II 617, aF, weight 10.313 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 121 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse PONT MAX TR POT COS III, FORT RED, Fortuna seated left, rudder in right, cornucopia in left, S - C across field; $40.00 (€30.00)
    

Click for a larger photo Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain.
BB69304. Copper as, RIC II 678, F, pitting, corrosion, weight 9.636 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 125 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse SALVS AVGVSTI COS III, S - C, Salus standing left, feeding snake raising from altar; $36.00 (€27.00)


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Obverse legends:

AVGVSTVSHADRIANVS
AVGVSTVSHADRIANVSPP
DIVVSHADRIANVSAVG
HADRIANVSAVGCOSIIIPP
HADRIANVSAVGVST
HADRIANVSAVGVSTVS
HADRIANVSAVGVSTVSPP
IMPCAEDITRAIANFDIVNERNEPTRAHADRIANOAVG
IMPCAEDIRAPARFDIVINERNEPTRAHADRIANOAVG
IMPCAESARTRAIAHADRIANVSAVG
IMPCAESARTRAIANHADRIANVSAVG
IMPCAESARTRAIANVSHADRIANVSAVG
IMPCAESARTRAIANVSHADRIANVSAVGPMTRPCOSIII
IMPCAESHADRIANDIVINERTRAIANOPTFIL
IMPCAESTRAHADRIANOAVGPP
IMPCAESTRAIANHADRIANOAVGDIVITRA
IMPCAESTRAIANHADRIANOAVGDIVITRAPARTHF
IMPCAESTRAIANHADRIANOPTAVGGERDAC
IMPCAESTRAIANHADRIANOOPTAVGGERDAC




Average well preserved denarius weight 3.34 grams.

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Roman Coins of Hadrian