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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Hadrian| > RS87769
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, Plutarch's Life of Romulus describes Rome's first triumph after Romulus' victory over Acron, king of the Ceninenses who attacked Rome after the rape of the Sabine Women: "...Romulus, that he might perform his vow in the most acceptable manner to Jupiter, and make the pomp of it delightful to the eye of the city, cut down a tall oak which he saw growing in the camp, trimmed to the shape of a trophy, and fastened on it Acron's whole suit of armor disposed in proper form; then he himself, girding his clothes about him, and crowning his head with a laurel garland, his hair gracefully flowing, carried the trophy resting erect upon his right shoulder, and so marched on, singing songs of triumph, and his whole army following after, the citizens all receiving him with acclamations of joy and wonder. The procession of this day was the origin and model of all after triumphs..."
RS87769. Silver denarius, RIC II 266f (S), RSC II 1316b, BMCRE III 712, Hunter II 236, Strack II 263, SRCV II 3538 var. (slight drapery), Choice EF, light tone, much luster, radiating flow lines, some die wear, tiny edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 3.397g, maximum diameter 18.7mm, die axis 180o, c. 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse ROMVLO CONDITORI (to Romulus the founder), Romulus in military dress advancing right, transverse spear in right hand, spolia opima (trophy of captured arms) in left hand over left shoulder; ex Aureo & Calico, Roma Aeterna Collection auction (09 Nov 2017), lot 71; scarce; SOLD

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