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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


Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome(?), Portrait of Antinous, c. 137 - 138 A.D.(?)
Click for a larger photo On 30 October 130 A.D., Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where Antinous drowned. It was the capital of a new nome, Antinoopolites. Perhaps the date on this coin is year four of an era beginning with the founding of Antinoopolis.
SH90379. Lead tessera, cf. Geissen 3583, Dattari 2093, Emmett 4290 (R5), Milne -, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, aVF, weight 5.023 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Antinoopolis(?) mint, c. 30 Oct 133 - 29 Oct 134 A.D.(?); obverse draped bust of Antinous right, wearing lotus crown, crescent-nimbus before, Nike on globe behind crowning him; reverse bust of Horus right, draped and wearing the double crown of Egypt, date L - ∆(?) across fields; very rare; $750.00 (€562.50)

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; $320.00 (€240.00)

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); $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)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo The date on this coin is uncertain. It appears to have a date spelled out in the exergue and only a letter E seems clear. Savio 7956 also appears to have the date in the exergue. Again, the date is not clear.
SH90304. Bronze obol, cf. Savio 7956, Emmett 1159 (R5), Geissen -, Milne -, SNG Milan -, SNG Cop -, BMC Alexandria -, aVF, weight 3.703 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 126 - 28 Aug 127 A.D.; obverse AVT KAI - TRAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate head right; reverse griffin seated right, left forepaw on wheel, L ENDEKATOV (?, year 11) in ex; extremely rare; $250.00 (€187.50)

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On 8 or 9 August 117, Trajan, age 63, died at Selinus, Cilicia while en route from Mesopotamia to Italy. On his death bed, he adopted Hadrian as his successor. The Roman Empire reached its maximum territorial extent at the time of Trajan's death. Hadrian soon abandoned indefensible parts of Mesopotamia to the Parthians.Rome's greatest extent 117 A.D.

RS90496. Silver denarius, BMCRE III 25, RSC II 874b, RIC II 11(c), SRCV II -, gF, centered, toned, weight 3.254 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 11 Aug 117 - late 117 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, laureate and cuirassed bust right with drapery on far shoulder; reverse PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS, Justitia seated left on throne, patera in right, long scepter vertical behind in left, IVSTITIA in exergue; $150.00 (€112.50)

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.

Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps this small coin was thrown to the crowd by Trajan himself at a similar event.
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; $145.00 (€108.75)

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; $120.00 (€90.00)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia
Click for a larger photo Kayseri, Turkey was originally named Mazaca. It was renamed Eusebia by Ariarathes V Eusebes, King of Cappadocia, 163 - 130 B.C. The last king of Cappadocia, King Archelaus, renamed it "Caesarea in Cappadocia" to honor Caesar Augustus upon his death in 14 A.D. Muslim Arabs slightly modified the name into Kaisariyah, which became Kayseri when the Seljuk Turks took control, c. 1080 A.D.
RP90613. Silver hemidrachm, Metcalf 86a; Sydenham Caesarea 255; BMC Galatia p. 62, 140; SNGvA 6413; SNG Cop 223 var (draped and cuirassed), gF, well centered, struck with worn dies, weight 1.560 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Cappadocia, Caesarea mint, 120 - 121 A.D.; obverse AYTO KAIC TPAI A∆PIANOC CEBACT, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse Victory advancing right, wreath in extended right, palm frond over shoulder in left, ET ∆ (year 4) in right field; ex CNG auction 326, part of lot 713; $120.00 (€90.00)

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 hand, resting left elbow on stork, river god swimming right at feet, S - C flanking across field; rare (R2); $110.00 (€82.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Chalcis ad Belum, Chalcidice, Syria
Click for a larger photo Trajan's last coinage struck at Chalcis ad Belum used the same reverse, also dated KE. The era of the city of Chalkis began in Autumn 92 A.D. Year 25 of the local era was Autumn 116 - Autumn 117 A.D. This reverse was used for Hadrian's coinage only for the short time after the mint learned he was the new emperor until the local New Year's day (29 August?). When the New Year began the date was changed to B referring to Hadrian's second regnal year (a new regnal year began on New Year's day, not the one year anniversary of rule).
RP69854. Bronze AE 22, Butcher 16; SNG Milan 6; SNG Hunterian 2712 var (drapery only on far shoulder); BMC Galatia -; SNG Mόnchen -; SNG Cop -; Lindgren -, F, weight 14.192 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 45o, Chalcis ad Belum (Qinnasrin, Syria) mint, c. 11 Aug - 28 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse AUTOKR KAIC TRAIANOC ADRIANOC CEB (or similar, laureate and draped bust right; reverse ΦΛ XAΛ/KI∆EΩN / KE in three lines (KE indicating year 25 of the era of Chalkis), all within laurel wreath of eight bunches of leaves, closed at the top with a pellet; from Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; very rare; $110.00 (€82.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
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RX90774. Bronze chalkous, Kampmann 32.455, Milne 1252; BMC Alexandria p. 105, 911-2; Dattari 1942; Geissen -, VF, weight 1.311 g, maximum diameter 11.1 mm, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 126 - 28 Aug 127 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse no legend, seven ray star, between rays L I A (year 11); ex Forum (2011); very rare; $100.00 (€75.00)

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; $85.00 (€63.75)

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. Much more could mean dangerous flooding. Herodotus gives 24 cubits as the highest recorded rise of the Nile. The lowest Nile on record before the river was dammed was about 13 cubits in 966 A.D.
RX69313. Bronze drachm, Geissen 990; Milne 1265; Dattari 1807 var; BMC Alexandria 783 var; SNG Cop 345 var; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.460, aF, weight 21.565 g, maximum diameter 34.1 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 127 - 28 Aug 128 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC - TRAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse Nilus reclining left on a crocodile right, cornucopia in right, reed in left, himation around waist and legs, Iς above, L ∆W∆EK (year 12) in ex; big 34mm bronze!; $80.00 (€60.00)

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; $75.00 (€56.25)

Click for a larger photo Curtis Clay convincingly argues that Hadrian's "travel" coins naming provinces, including those having him arrive in a province, with "ADVENTVS" legends, restoring a province, with "RESTITVTORI" legends, and those having him address a provincial army, with "EXERCITVS" legends, were actually issued beginning soon after his safe return to Rome from his second journey in 131 A.D. Most references date them after 134 A.D.
RS70245. Silver denarius, RIC II 324, RSC II 1247, BMCRE III 878, SRCV II 3534, gF, rough, uneven toning, weight 2.977 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, "travel series" issue, 131 - 137 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse RESTITVTORI GALLIAE, Hadrian standing right, togate, holding scroll, extending hand to raise up Gallia kneeling left; might improve with cleaning; scarce; $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 (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!; $70.00 (€52.50)

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)

Roman Empire, Anonymous, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to the goddess Venus (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg nursed by doves. The phrase attributed to Jesus, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10.16), was no random metaphor but a traditional Syrian invocation.
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; $70.00 (€52.50)

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, slight drapery on far shoulder, pomegranate before, K/L - B (year 22) flanking across field; $65.00 (€48.75)

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 the goddess Venus (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg nursed by doves. The phrase attributed to Jesus, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10.16), was no random metaphor but a traditional Syrian invocation.
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; $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 hand, resting left on grounded shield behind, L I-Z (year 17) across field; big 33mm bronze!; $55.00 (€41.25)

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; $50.00 (€37.50)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia
Click for a larger photo Kayseri, Turkey was originally named Mazaca. It was renamed Eusebia by Ariarathes V Eusebes, King of Cappadocia, 163 - 130 B.C. The last king of Cappadocia, King Archelaus, renamed it "Caesarea in Cappadocia" to honor Caesar Augustus upon his death in 14 A.D. Muslim Arabs slightly modified the name into Kaisariyah, which became Kayseri when the Seljuk Turks took control, c. 1080 A.D.
RP70933. Silver hemidrachm, Metcalf 86b, Sydenham Caesarea 256; SNGvA 6412; SNG Cop 223; BMC Galatia p. 62, 142, F, toned, scratches, weight 1.240 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, 120 - 121 A.D.; obverse AUTO KAIC TPAI A∆PIANOC CEBACT, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse Nike advancing right, wreath extended in right, palm frond over shoulder in left, ET ∆ (year 4) right; from Matt Kreuzer; $50.00 (€37.50)

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 hand, long scepter vertical behind in left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $45.00 (€33.75)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit
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RS70913. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RIC II 237, RSC II 628, BMCRE III 613 (official, solid silver, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.), aVF, well centered, most of the silver is gone, weight 2.426 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 225o, illegal mint, obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FELICITAS AVG, Hadrian, togate, standing right, clasping hands with Felicitas, standing left, holding caduceus; $45.00 (€33.75)

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 Galatia 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; $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)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo In 129, Hadrian continued his voyages, inspecting Caria, Cappadocia and Syria. In 130, he visited Petra and Gerasa (Jerash), and later Anatalya.
RX69664. Bronze hemidrachm, Geissen 1021, Dattari 1851, BMC Alexandria 723, Milne 1289, Kampmann-Ganschow 32.497, SNG Milan 1048 var (date arrangement), SNG Cop -, aF, weight 8.048 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 129 - 28 Aug 130 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TRAIAN A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse Tyche standing left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left, date LI∆ left (year 14); from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $34.00 (€25.50)


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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.

Catalog current as of Saturday, August 30, 2014.
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Roman Coins of Hadrian