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ERIC Table of Contents


Title Page

Introduction

About Roman Coins

Denominations

Coins of Other Ancient Cultures

Identifying Roman Coins

How To Use This Book

Mintmarks

Mint Map

Pricing And Grading

Bibliography

Reference Catalogs Cited

Coin Terms Used

Glossary

Rarity Tables

Index of Rulers

Photography Credits

Additional Web Resources

Imperial Catalog:

AUGUSTUS
LIVA
AGRIPPA
NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS
GERMANICUS
AGRIPPINA I
TIBERIUS
DRUSUS
ANTONIA
CALIGULA
CLAUDIUS I
BRITANNICUS
AGRIPPINA II
NERO
GALBA
CLODIUS MACER
OTHO
VITELLIUS
VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA
TITUS
DOMITIAN
DOMITIA
JULIA TITI
NERVA
TRAJAN
PLOTINA
MARCIANA
MATIDIA
HADRIAN
SABINA
AELIUS
ANTONINUS PIUS
FAUSTINA I
MARCUS AURELIUS
FAUSTINA II
LUCIUS VERUS
LUCILLA
COMMODUS
CRISPINA
PERTINAX
DIDIUS JULIANUS
MANLIA SCANTILLA
DIDIA CLARA
PESCENNIUS NIGER
CLODIUS ALBINUS
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
JULIA DOMNA
CARACALLA
PLAUTILLA
GETA
MACRINUS
DIADUMENIAN
ELAGABALUS
JULIA MAESA
JULIA SOAEMIAS
JULIA PAULA
AQUILIA SEVERA
ANNIA FAUSTINA
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
JULIA MAMAEA
ORBIANA
MAXIMINUS I
PAULINA
MAXIMUS
GORDIAN I
GORDIAN II
BALBINUS
PUPIENUS
GORDIAN III
TRANQUILLINA
PHILIP I
OTACILIA SEVERA
PHILIP II
PACATIAN
JOTAPIAN
TRAJAN DECIUS
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA
HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS
HOSTILIAN
TREBONIANUS GALLUS
VOLUSIAN
AEMILIAN
CORNELIA SUPERA
SILBANNACUS
URANIUS ANTONINUS
VALERIAN I
MARINIANA
VALERIAN II
GALLIENUS
SALONINA
SALONINUS
REGALIANUS
DRYANTILLA
POSTUMUS
LAELIANUS
MARIUS
VICTORINUS
DOMITIAN II
TETRICUS I
TETRICUS II
QUIETUS
MACRIANUS
CLAUDIUS II
QUINTILLUS
AURELIAN
SEVERINA
ZENOBIA
VABALATHUS
TACITUS
FLORIAN
PROBUS
SATURNINUS
CARUS
CARINUS
MAGNIA URBICA
NIGRIAN
NUMERIAN
JULIAN I
DIOCLETIAN
MAXIMIAN
CARAUSIUS
ALLECTUS
DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS
CONSTANTIUS I
THEODORA
GALERIUS
GALERIA VALERIA
SEVERUS II
MAXENTIUS
ROMULUS
CONSTANTINE I
HELENA
FAUSTA
ALEXANDER
LICINIUS I
CONSTANTIA
MAXIMINUS II
LICINIUS II
CRISPUS
VALERIUS VALENS
MARTINIAN
CONSTANTINE II
DELMATIUS
HANNIBALLIANUS
CONSTANS
CONSTANTIUS II
MAGNENTIUS
DECENTIUS
NEPOTIAN
VETRANO
CONSTANTIUS GALLUS
JULIAN II
JOVIAN
VALENTINIAN I
VALENS
PROCOPIUS
GRATIAN
VALENTINIAN II
THEODOSIUS I
AELIA FLACCILLA
MAGNUS MAXIMINUS
FLAVIUS VICTOR
EUGENIUS
HONORIUS
CONSTANTINE III
CONSTANS II
MAXIMINUS
PRISCUS ATTALUS
JOVINUS
SABASTIANUS
CONSTANTIUS III
GALLA PLACIDIA
JOHANNES
VALENTINIAN III
LICINIA EUDOXIA
HONORIA
PETRONIUS MAXIMINUS
AVITUS
MAJORIAN
LIBIUS SEVERUS
ANTHEMIUS
EUPHEMIA
ANICIUS OLYBRIUS
GLYCERIUS
JULIUS NEPOS
ROMULUS AUGUSTUS
ARCADIUS
EUDOXIA
PULCHERIA
THEODOSIUS II
EUDOCIA
MARCIAN
LEO I
VERINA
LEO II
ZENO
ARIADNE
BASILISCUS
ZENONIS
LEONTIUS I
ANASTASIUS I
ANONYMOUS COINAGE

ERIC The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins
by Rasiel Suarez


Sabina 

    b. ca.88 d.137 

Wife of Hadrian. Sabina was married to Hadrian at the age of twelve and the two never got along well. While Hadrian accused her of nagging the real problem seems to be her inability to accept her husband's relationship with Antinous, the young slave boy who was the true love of his life. The rumor mill of the time whispered that Hadrian had her commit suicide or that he poisoned her himself. However, both these options seem unlikely in the face of her consecration by him as well as the fact that he had long before accepted his marriage. By the time she died he was gravely ill himself and would not survive her for more than a year. 

 
Sabina is the earliest Roman empress that is easily found and affordable to most ancient coin collectors. Earlier emperors issued coins sporadically honoring their wives or other close relatives, often only posthumously, but these coins were often relegated to playing a minor role in the makeup of the available currency. 
 
It is a bit odd too considering that it was more or less an open secret how Sabina and Hadrians relationship was tense and distant. 
 
With some patience and luck one may find a good Denarius for around $50 on Ebay but the going rate seems to be two or three times that from a dealer or at a coin show
 
Bronzes typically survive in deplorable condition which while keeping prices down are more often than not relegated to hole filler status.  

Busts: 


1) Diademed, draped bust left 
2) Diademed, draped bust right (Style A: hair let down towards neck line) 
3) Diademed, draped bust right (Style B: hair coiled up in bun) 
4) Veiled, draped bust right with grain ears in veil 

 

Obverses: 

 
1) DIVA AVG SABINA 
4) SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG 
5) SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG PP 
6) SABINA AVGVSTA IMP HADRIANI AVG PP 

 

Reverses: 

 
4) COS III 
8) PIETAS 
10) PIETATI 
11) PVDICITIA 
13) VESTA 
14) No legend 

 

Types: 

 
1) Altar 
2) Ceres seated left, holding grain ears and torch. 
3) Ceres seated left, holding grain ears and torch; modius to left. 
4) Concordia seated left, holding patera; cornucopia below. 
5) Concordia seated left, holding patera and scepter; cornucopia below. 
6) Concordia standing left, holding patera and cornucopia
7) Concordia standing left, holding patera and two cornucopiae
8) Concordia standing left, leaning on column, holding patera and cornucopia
9) Crescent, star above. 
10) Eagle standing left. 
11) Indulgentia seated left, raising hand and holding scepter
12) Juno standing left, extending hand and holding scepter
13) Juno standing left, holding patera and cornucopia 
14) Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter
15) Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter; peacock by feet. 
16) Pietas seated left, holding patera and scepter
17) Pietas standing, facing, placing hands on head of a child on either side of her. 
18) Pudicitia standing left, pulling veil. 
19) Pudicitia standing left, raising hand. 
20) Sabina riding eagle right 
21) Venus standing left, pulling veil and holding apple
22) Venus standing right, pulling veil and holding apple
23) Venus standing right, pulling veil and holding Victory
24) Venus standing right, leaning on column and with legs crossed, holding helmet and spear; shield behind column. 
25) Vesta seated left, holding Palladium and scepter

 

Mint: 

 
1) Roma 

 
 
AU Aureus Reference(s) 
 
1) B1, O5, R01, T04 RIC 398 (II, Hadrian), BMC 901, C 13 

 
 
2) B1, O3, R04, T09 
3) B1, O5, R01, T04 RIC 398a, l (II, Hadrian), S 3920 
4) B1, O5, R06, T14 RIC 401b (II, Hadrian
5) B2, O3, R01, T05 RIC 391 (II, Hadrian), C 24 
6) B2, O3, R01, T07 RIC 390 (II, Hadrian), S 3918, C 3 
7) B2, O3, R07, T07 Curtis Clay collection 
8) B2, O3, R11, T22 RIC 396 (II, Hadrian), S 3924 
9) B2, O3, R12, T25  
10) B2, O5, R01, T04 RIC 398a, r (II, Hadrian), C 12 
11) B2, O5, R01, T05 RIC 399 (II, Hadrian), C 25 
12) B2, O5, R05, T11 Exe: COS III RIC 417 (II, Hadrian), C 36 
13) B2, O5, R11, T18 RIC 407 (II, Hadrian), C 62 
14) B2, O5, R13, T25 RIC 410 (II, Hadrian), S 3925, C 81 
15) B3, O5, R14, T02 RIC 411 (II, Hadrian), C 91 
16) B3, O5, R14, T19 RIC 415 (II, Hadrian), S 3931, C 95 
17) B3, O5, R14, T24 RIC 412 (II, Hadrian), C 89 
18) B3, O5, R14, T25 Exe: SC RIC 408 (II, Hadrian), C 64 

 
 
19) B4, O1, R03, T10 RIC 421 (II, Hadrian), C 34 
20) B4, O1, R10, T01 Exe: AVG RIC 422a (II, Hadrian), C 56 

 
 
21) B2, O5, R12, T22 RIC 1035 (II, Hadrian), C 74 
22) B2, O5, R13, T25 RIC 1036 (II, Hadrian), C 82 
23) B3, O5, R01, T07 RIC 1017 (II, Hadrian), C 7 
24) B3, O5, R14, T02 Exe: SC RIC 1019 (II, Hadrian), C 69 

 
 
25) B3, O5, R14, T02 Exe: SC C 70 

 
AE As 
 
26) B1, O5, R01, T04 Exe: SC RIC 1037 (II, Hadrian), C 16 
27) B3, O5, R14, T02 Exe: SC RIC 1023 (II, Hadrian), C 70 

 

Sabina Busts 

 Sabina Types