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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Hadrian| > SH80431
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people. By the Code De Naviculariis, the mariners appointed to carry grain from Egypt could be executed if they did not keep the proper course; and if they did not sail in the proper season, the master of the vessel would be banished.
SH80431. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 548, BMCRE III 1126, Hunter II 318, Cohen II 178, SRCV II -, VF, Rome mint, weight 22.974g, maximum diameter 33.8mm, die axis 180o, c. 118 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse PONT MAX TR POT COS II (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 2nd time), Annona standing left, in right stalks of grain over modius, cornucopia in left hand, prow at feet right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, ANNONA AVG in exergue; beautiful large bronze; scarce; SOLD

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