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Hadrian Denarius

Hadrian Denarius, Emperor AD 117-138, minted at Rome AD 123, RIC 80, RSC 1120, 3.40 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Hadrian facing right, slight drapery on his left shoulder, IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Aequitas standing half-left, her head turned left, holding her scales in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, PM TR P COS III, a very lustrous coin with just the slightest hint of subdued and even toning, just a touch and very attractive, a superlative and sharp portrait of Hadrian in very high relief, a sharp and detailed Aequitas on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck coin and well centered (with the exception of the very first letters of the obverse legend and the CO in COS in the reverse legend slightly off the flan), this is one very, very lovely coin. “Every detail in place, not a trace of wear, as good as these get”, thus and so noted, and graded Mint State, by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it (my photography, especially of the reverse, does not do the coin justice), a beauty indeed, Asking price:  $890 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Hadrian Denarius

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Hadrian Denarius

000_1327.JPG000_1326.JPG000_1325.JPG000_1324.JPG000_1323.JPG000_1320.JPG000_1319.JPG000_1317.JPG000_1315.JPG000_1314.JPG000_1312.JPGHadrian Denarius, Emperor AD 117-138, RIC II, 118; RSC 255; Van Meter 47/2, 3.5 gms, Obverse: laureate and slightly draped bust of Hadrian facing right, IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Reverse: Concordia seated on a throne left, holding a patera in her right hand and her left arm resting on a statue of Spes, PM TR P COS III, CONCORD in exergue, very lustrous coin, very (!) high relief portrait of Hadrian that is very, very nice though worn as shown, worn reverse though with much detail remaining, full and clear obverse legend with the exception of the very first and very last of it, worn reverse legend as shown, though CONCORD is very full and crisp, a very attractive coin that clearly has seen some circulation, giving it even wear, Asking price: $120 includes priority shipping and insurance000_1310.JPG

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Hadrian Denarius

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Hadrian Denarius

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Hadrian Denarius

000_5667.JPG000_5666.JPG000_5663.JPG000_5656.JPG000_5648.JPG000_5647.JPG000_5643.JPG000_5642.JPGAD 117-138, struck at Rome AD 134-138, RIC II, p. 372, 282a; Cohen 1455, the results of research on this coin (and what attracted me initially to it partly apart from its beauty) is the special historical significance of its striking: it commemorates the victory of the Romans over the uprising of the Jews under the leadership of Simon Bar Kochba. In praise of the Jews, they did not take to overlordship lightly oftentimes, and in this revolt they planned carefully and engaged in construction of fortresses and even underground passageways, and armed themselves heavily. Hadrian called in a number of legions from even faraway points of the empire, and it took some real doing to finally subdue the Jews, who inflicted heavy losses on the Romans. In fact, I have read that this coin recognizes the actual engagement and final victory of the Romans over the Jews: the battle at the fortress at Betar in the summer of AD 135. It could well be said that this coin harks back to the issues of Vespasian and his son ( the future emperor Titus) over rebellion(s) by the Jews some six decades earlier.  A book, quite scholarly, yet very readable and engaging, is Anthony R. Birley’s Hadrian, The Restless Emperor, which describes this Jewish revolt in some detail.  As much as I love Roman history, I must admit to rooting for the Jews.  Obverse: laureate head of Hadrian facing right, HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP, Reverse: Victory (as Nemesis!) walking right, pulling fold on the upper part of her dress and spitting (as a sign of contempt and a warning against hubris) and pointing a branch downwards, VICTORIA AVG, lustrous coin, lightly and attractively toned, superb and sharp portrait of Hadrian, detailed and sharp Victory on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, a pin sharp coin and a little gem of one, very well centered and struck on a full flan, Asking price: $465 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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