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Hadrian Sestertius
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, draped bust right.
Rev. DACIA S C, Dacia seated left on rock, holding vexillum in right hand, curved sword in left.
Mint: Rome, 134-138 AD.

32/33mm 23.71g

RIC 849

Ex Kölner Münzkabinett, MA-Shops 2019
Ex Heidelberger Münzhandlung, Auction 76, 14th May 2018, lot 202.
Ex Thierry Parsy, Paris Auction 13/14th February 2018, lot 148.
Ex Collection Note (1910-1982)

This sestertius belongs to Hadrian's much-beloved travel series of coins depicting the provinces and cities he visited on his several tours throughout the empire. Earlier in his reign, Hadrian had reorganized the Dacian territories so recently conquered by his predecessor, Trajan, giving up to the Roxolani Sarmatians to rule as a client kingdom on behalf of Rome much of the Dacian territory that had been added to Moesia Inferior. Trajan's sweeping conquests along the Danube frontier as well as in the East had greatly extended Rome's borders, but Hadrian correctly saw the impractical nature of the additional strain this imposed on the Empire and quickly shored them.
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Jay GT4  [Jun 14, 2019 at 04:52 PM]
Really great coin
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jun 14, 2019 at 06:59 PM]
Beautiful indeed.
Tracy Aiello  [Jun 14, 2019 at 07:00 PM]
That is an amazing obv portrait.
Gary W2  [Jun 14, 2019 at 08:38 PM]
Outstanding! Love the patina/toning highlights.
okidoki  [Dec 08, 2019 at 07:46 PM]
excellent and stylistic