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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Hadrian| > RS96580
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. This coin, dedicated to the health of the emperor, probably indicates the emperor was at the time suffering from some disease, and sacred rites had been performed for his recovery.
RS96580. Silver denarius, RIC II-3 231, Strack II 124, BMCRE III 207, RSC II 1151, Hunter II 76, SRCV III 3525, Choice aVF, excellent heroic bust, well centered with full borders, light marks, edge a little ragged with splits, Rome mint, weight 2.932g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 180o, 119 - mid 120 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, bare chest, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse P M TR P COS III, Salus seated left, from patera in right hand, feeding snake rising from altar before her, resting left elbow on back of chair; SOLD











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