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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, AE As, LIBERALITAS AVG
Attribution: RIC 729 {variant, bust type not listed} (RIC II)
Date: 117-138 AD

Obverse: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS laureate heroic bust left
Reverse: LIBERALITAS AVG COS III PP Liberalitas with cornucopiae

Size: 28mm
Weight: 11.45 grams

Comments from Curtis Clay...
c. 129-131 AD according to my reconstruction, assuming an approximately even production of denarii year by year from 128-138. I see no likelihood in Mattingly's assumption that the mint of Rome struck few coins while Hadrian was away on his second great tour of the provinces, which would result in a later date for your coin.

The coinage of 128-138 is very difficult to date, because the coins bear no titles that specify the year of striking and virtually none of the events commemorated - such as the largesse on your coin - can be firmly dated from other sources.
That's a very fine As, and rather scarce too I think, especially with portrait left.


and also...
Strack, Hadrian 819, reports this middle bronze with head laureate left, maybe just like Brian's, from the St. Pertersburg collection.
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Pscipio  [May 29, 2006 at 01:35 PM]
Wonderful!
Potator II  [May 29, 2006 at 07:46 PM]
Yes, really wonderful, indeed
maridvnvm  [Jun 02, 2006 at 07:29 AM]
I agree that this is a truly wonderful looking coin.
rinhen  [Jun 04, 2006 at 02:07 PM]
Great looking!
Noah  [Jan 08, 2010 at 07:04 PM]
Sensational style and patina...this is my favorite coin of yours!!