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Roman Imperial: Hadrian (117-138 AD)

A great deal of thanks and gratitude goes toward several numismatists and collectors who are helping me with research and images - Curtis Clay, Michael Kelly, Wayne Kimber and Barry Murphy. A note on the bust type chart - although I have created spaces for all of the left facing examples of the same as right facing, they may not all exist as left facing portraits for Hadrian are very much exceptional overall.

Bare head right (No image) Bare head left
Bare bust right, drapery on left shoulder (No image) Bare head left, drapery on left shoulder
Laureate head right (No image) Laureate head left
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front (No image) Laureate bust left, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, aegis on left shoulder and across back of neck, seen from front (No image) Laureate, heroically nude bust left, aegis on left shoulder and across back of neck, seen from front
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, baldric (sword) strap around neck and across chest, loop on shoulder, seen from front (No image) Laureate, heroically nude bust left, baldric (sword) strap around neck and across chest, loop on shoulder, seen from front
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from front Laureate, draped bust left, seen from front
(No image) Laureate, cuirassed bust right, seen from front Laureate, cuirassed bust left, seen from front
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front (No image) Laureate, cuirassed bust left, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from front (No image) Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust left, seen from front
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front (No image) Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust left, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from back (No image) Bare head, draped bust left, seen from back
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from back (No image) Laureate, draped bust left, seen from back
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from back (No image) Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust left, seen from back

 

***** Catalog of coins *****


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group I, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO OPT AVG GER DAC
Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P
Trajan standing right, rod in left hand, right hand clasped with Hadrian standing left
18mm x 19mm, 3.15g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC II, 3 but unlisted without ADOPTIO in exergue)

Note: The reverse type demonstrates Trajan's adoption of Hadrian as his heir. RIC 2 has a blank exergue and the reverse has Trajan and Hadrian holding a globe between them whereas RIC 3 has this reverse composition, but ADOPTIO in exergue.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group I, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC
Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes standing on cippus, cornucopiae under chair
CONCORD in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.85g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC II, 4b but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Barry Murphy, CICF Show, April 2007


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group I, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIA_N OPT AVG GER DAC
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest
PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes standing on cippus, cornucopiae under chair
CONCORD in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 3.17g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC II, 4c but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group II, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
PARTH . F . DIVI . NER . NEP . P M TR P COS
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair
CONCORD in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 3.48g
RIC II, 9 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group II, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRI_ANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, aegis on left shoulder
PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS .
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair
CONCORD in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.64g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC II, 9 but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group II, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, drapery on left shoulder, baldric strap around back of neck and across chest
PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS
Fortuna, veiled, enthroned left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left
FORT RED in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.01g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC II, 10 but unlisted with this bust type and no globe under rudder)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group II, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS
Pax standing facing, head left, branch pointing downward in right hand, cornucopiae in left
PAX in exergue
18mm, 3.32g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC II, 12 but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Barry Murphy, VCoins, November 2005


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117, Group II, Rome
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, drapery on left shoulder, baldric strap around back of neck and across chest
PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS
Pietas, veiled, standing facing, head left, right hand raised
PIE | TAS across fields
17mm x 19mm, 3.04g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC II, 13 but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius Fourree, 117/119-122, "Rome"
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
P M TR-P-C_OS III
Aeternitas standing facing, head left, heads of the sun and moon in each hand
18mm x 20mm, 2.96g
RIC II, --

Note: This ancient forgery is in excellent style, but two errors were made. The obverse legend is not attested on any examples in RIC (should be HADRIANO) and would be a correct legend otherwise for this early portraiture, however, the reverse legend with COS III sets the two sides apart by at least two years.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR-P-C_O_S II
Aeternitas standing facing, head left, heads of the sun and moon in each hand
AET | AVG across fields
18mm x 19mm, 3.41g
RIC II, 38 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, aegis on left shoulder and over back of neck
P M TR P COS II
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair
CONCORD in exergue
18mm, 3.49g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 39, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Barry Murphy, VCoins, November 2005


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, drapery on left shoulder, baldric strap around back of neck and across chest
P M TR P COS II
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair
CONCORD in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.04g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 39, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex CNG, Electronic Auction 121, Lot 241, August 2005


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN- HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, drapery on left shoulder, baldric strap around back of neck and across chest
P M TR P COS II
Fortuna Redux, veiled, seated left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left
FORT RED in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 3.42g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 41, but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS II
Pax, standing facing, head left, branch downward in right hand, cornucopiae in left
PAX in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.56g
RIC II, 44 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, heroically nude bust right, aegis with snakes on left shoulder and over back of neck
P M TR-P-CO_S II
Pietas, veiled, standing facing, head left, right hand raised
PIE_TAS across fields
18mm x 19mm, 3.13g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 45, but unlisted with this bust type)

Note from Curtis Clay: Apparently unpublished bust type with this reverse. Not in the standard catalogues nor in Berk photofile. We cannot tell, however, if Strack might have seen such a coin, since his bust type code does not distinguish between aegis on left shoulder and the more usual type of fold of cloak on left shoulder.


Hadrian, AV Aureus, 118, Rome
IMP . CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust left
P M TR P COS II
Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled around altar from patera in right hand, resting left arm on elbow of chair
SALVS AVG in exergue
?mm, 7.09g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 46, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Busso Peus Nachfolger, Auction 384, Lot 645, November 2005
Image courtesy Lawrence Woolslayer Collection


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M-TR P-COS-II
Pietas, veiled, standing right, both hands raised
VOT | PVB across fields
18mm x 19mm, 3.41g
RIC II, 47 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M-[TR P]-COS-II .
Pietas, veiled, standing right, both hands raised
VOT | PVB across fields
17mm x 19mm, 3.30g
RIC II, 47 (C)
Ex Vel Garnett Collection


Hadrian, AR Denarius, End of 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS-DES-III
Felicitas, standing facing, head left, caduceus upward in right hand, cornucopiae in left
FEL | AVG across fields
17mm x 18mm, 2.84g
RIC II, 50 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, End of 118, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
. P M T_R P . C_OS . DES . III .
Pietas, veiled, standing right, both hands raised
VOT | PVB across fields
17mm x 19mm, 3.43g
RIC II, 52 (C)

Note: Although RIC lists this rare issue with the COS DES III dated legend from the end of 118 as common, it is actually quite scarce with only one example in the Reka Devnia hoard.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA_DRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder and over back
P M TR P-C_OS III
Minerva, helmeted, advancing right, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left
18mm x 20mm, 3.34g
RIC II, 69 correction (brandishing javelin and holding spear) (C)


Hadrian, AV Aureus, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA_DRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from behind
P M TR P-COS III
Minerva, helmeted, standing facing, head left, spear in left hand, pointing with right hand at Spanish olive tree at left, rabbit below facing right
19mm x 20mm, 7.12g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 70, but unlisted with this bust type); Calico 1309 (citing a specimen in a Hess 1951 Auction, not this coin)

Note: The rabbit on the reverse is in reference to the Roman province of Hispania Baetica and the issue is an appeal for the aid of the gods as he planned his first travels around the empire, leaving Rome in 121. On this example, Minerva is shown in her "peace-giving" aspect versus her more often seen guise of war.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS III
Minerva, helmeted, standing facing, head left, reversed spear in left hand, sacrificing from patera in right hand over lit altar at left
17mm x 18mm, 2.53g
RIC II, 71 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right
P M TR P COS III
Ocean reclining left, anchor in right hand, left arm leaning on dolphin
19mm x 20mm, 3.11g
RIC II, 75 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right
P M TR-P-COS III
Roma, as Amazon, standing facing, head left, right breast exposed, Victory in right hand, reversed spear in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 76 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
P M TR-P-COS III
Roma seated left on cuirass, shield behind, Victory in right hand, vertical spear in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.48g
RIC II, 77 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right
P M T_R P-COS III
Roma, helmeted, seated left on cuirass, Victory in right hand, spear in left
18mm x 19mm, 2.94g
RIC II, 78 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right
P M TR-P-COS III
Roma, helmeted, seated left on cuirass, Victory in right hand, spear in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.61g
RIC II, 78 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
P M TR-P-COS III
Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory in right hand, spear in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.28g
RIC II, 78 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
P M TR-P-COS III
Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory in right hand, spear in left
18mm x 19mm, 2.77g
RIC II, 78 (C)
Ex Vel Garnett Collection

Note: An unusual depiction of Victory with wreath downward instead of the usual upward pose. Significance?


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M T_R P-COS III
Felicitas standing facing, head left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopiae in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.35g
RIC II, 83 (C)
Ex Blake Davis, eBay, November 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR-P-COS III
Genius standing facing, head left, cornucopiae in left hand, sacrificing from patera in right hand over altar at left
17mm x 19mm, 3.25g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 88, but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS III
Pietas standing facing, head left, both hands raised
18mm x 19mm, 2.84g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 96, but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS III
Salus enthroned left, feeding snake coiled around altar at left from patera in right hand
18mm x 19mm, 3.38g
RIC II, 98 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right
P M T_R P-COS III
Victory flying right, transverse trophy in both hands
17mm x 18mm, 3.28g
RIC II, 101 (C)


Hadrian, AR Quinarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS III
Victory seated left, wreath upward in right hand, palm in left over shoulder
15mm x 17mm, 1.53g
RIC II, 108 (R)
Ex Ancient Coin Art, VCoins, December 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.I, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right
P M TR P-COS III
Hadrian standing facing in military dress, head left, reversed vertical spear in right hand, rudder in left set on globe
18mm x 20mm, 3.24g
RIC II, 110 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.II, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M-TR-P-C_OS-III
Aeternitas standing facing, head left, head of Sun in right hand, head of Moon in left
AET | AVG across fields
18mm x 19mm, 3.35g
RIC II, 114 (C)

Note: Scarce type - only five specimens in Reka Devnia hoard.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.II, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA_DRIANVS AVG .
Laureate bust right
P M TR P-CO_S III
Hilaritas, veiled, standing facing, drawing veil with both hands
HI | LAR / P | R across fields
17mm x 20mm, 3.04g
RIC II, 126 (C)

Note: Scarce reverse type with facing personification.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.II, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right
P M TR P-COS III
Libertas seated left, branch in right hand, vertical scepter in left
LIB PVB in exergue
19mm x 20mm, 3.06g
RIC II, 127 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Class A.II, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped bust right
P M TR P-COS III
Libertas seated left, branch in right hand, vertical scepter in left
LIB PVB in exergue
17mm x 19mm, 3.46g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 127, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Incitatus Coins, VCoins, June 2007


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
[IMP] CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped bust right
P-M TR-P-COS-III
Libertas standing facing, head left, pileus in right hand, scepter in left
LIB | PVB across fields
18mm x 19mm, 3.26g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 128, but unlisted with this bust type)

Note: The portrait was engraved so large that the final G in the legend had to be engraved on Hadrian's drapery.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right
P M T_R P-COS III
Hadrian seated left on platform, making distribution to citizen standing right
LIBERAL AVG / [III]? in exergue
17mm x 18mm, 3.01g
RIC II, 129 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR P C_OS III
Hadrian seated left on platform, making distribution to citizen standing right
LIBERAL AVG / III in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 3.36g
RIC II, 129 (C)

Note: RIC does not mention the III in the exergue. However, Plate XIII, 238 of the same series has the same mark


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right
P M T_R P-COS III
Hadrian seated left on platform, making distribution to citizen standing right
LIBERAL AVG / [III] in exergue
17mm x 18mm, 3.58g
RIC II, 129 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from front
P-M TR P-COS-III
Providentia standing facing, head left, slightly transverse scepter in left hand, pointing with right hand at globe at feet at left
PRO | AVG across fields
18mm x 19mm, 3.18g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 133, but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right
P M TR P-COS III
Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled round altar from patera in right hadn
SAL AVG in exergue
17mm, 3.21g
RIC II, 137a (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR P . COS III
Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled round altar from patera in right hadn
SAL AVG in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.19g
RIC II, 137b (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H_ADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, aegis on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS III
Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled round altar from patera in right hadn
SAL AVG in exergue
?mm, 3.32g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 137c, but unlisted with this bust type)
Photo for study purposes - image courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, March 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from front
P M TR-P COS III
Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled round altar from patera in right hadn
SAL AVG in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.45g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 137, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Barry Murphy, NYINC show, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Ceres seated left, corn ears in right hand over filled modius at feet to left, cornucopiae in left
Globe in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 2.91g
RIC II, 146 (R)
Ex Vel Garnett Collection


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Hercules, nude, seated right on cuirass, Victory in left hand, club in right hand set on shield and bowcase (?)
18mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 148 variant (C)

Note: Footnotes to RIC 148-150 on p.358 describes several minor reverse varieties, although does not mention any examples with an object to the left of the shield.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Neptune, nude but for drapery over right leg, standing left, right foot on prow, acrostolium in right hand, trident in left
19mm x 21mm, 3.30g
RIC II, 158 (C)

Note: RIC describes Neptune as holding scepter in left hand, however, the previous entries list a trident. An error?


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Roma standing right, reversed vertical spear in right hand, parazonium in left, left foot on helmet
18mm x 19mm, 2.92g
RIC II, 160 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Roma standing right, vertical spear in right hand, parazonium in left, left foot on helmet
18mm x 19mm, 3.35g
RIC II, 160 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Roma standing right, vertical reversed spear in right hand, parazonium in left, left foot on helmet
18mm x 19mm, 3.21g
RIC II, 160 (C)
Ex Classical Numismatic Group


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Roma standing facing, head right, reversed vertical spear in right hand, parazonium in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.34g
RIC II, 160 variant (C for type)

Note: RIC describes Roma's left foot as on helmet


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
CO_S-III
Roma standing facing, head left, Victory in right hand, spear in left
19mm, 3.13g
RIC II, 161 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
CO_S-III
Roma standing facing, head left, Victory in right hand, spear in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.19g
RIC II, 161 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Class B, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
CO_S-III
Roma standing facing, head left, Victory in right hand, spear in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 161 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Class B, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Roma seated right on cuirass and shield, parazonium in left hand, vertical spear in right
Pellet in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.42g
RIC II, 163 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Class B, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
C_OS-III
Roma seated left on bench, branch upward in right hand, scepter in left, oval shield leaning against bench
17mm x 18mm, 3.26g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 165, but Roma seated on cuirass and shield)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
CO_S-III
Abundantia seated left, hook in right hand, cornucopiae in left, filled modius at feet to left
18mm x 20mm, 3.43g
RIC II, 170 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Concordia enthroned left, patera in right hand, left arm resting on figure of Spes
18mm x 19mm, 3.39g
RIC II, 172 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Pudicitia, veiled, standing left
19mm x 20mm, 3.27g
RIC II, 176 (C)
Ex Harlan J Berk


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Pudicitia, veiled, seated left on throne
18mm x 19mm, 3.42g
RIC II, 178 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Spes advancing left, flower upward in right hand, raising skirt with left
19mm x 20mm, 3.23g
RIC II, 181 (R)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
CO_S-III
Spes advancing left, flower upward in right hand, raising skirt with left
16mm x 19mm, 3.44g
RIC II, 181 (R)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Victory seated left, wreath in right hand, palm in left
Globe in exergue
19mm x 20mm, 3.17g
RIC II, 184 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right
COS-III
Victory seated left, wreath in right hand, palm in left
Globe in exergue
17mm x 19mm, 3.46g
RIC II, 184 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Class B, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
C_OS II_I
Simpulum, aspergillum, ewer, lituus
17mm x 18mm, 3.04g
RIC II, 198 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Class B, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
C_OS III
Simpulum, aspergillum, ewer, lituus
17mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 198 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right
COS III
Star with eight rays (one significantly shorter) above and within crescent
19mm x 21mm, 3.34g
RIC II, 200 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS III
Star with eight rays above and within crescent
18mm x 19mm, 3.18g
RIC II, 200 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS III
Star with seven rays above and within crescent
19mm x 20mm, 2.96g
RIC II, 200 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 132-134, Class C.II, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from behind
CLEMENTIA-AVG COS III P P
Clementia standing facing, head left, patera in right hand, vertical scepter in left
17mm x 18mm, 2.96g
RIC II, 206 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 132-134, Class C.II, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from behind
INDVLGENTIA-AVG . P P
Indulgentia seated left, right hand extended, scepter in left
COS III in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 3.43g
RIC II, 213 (C)
Ex Barry Murphy, VCoins, July 2007


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 132-134, Class C.II, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Bare head, bust right, drapery on left shoulder
LIBERALITAS-AVG COS III P P
Liberalitas standing right, emptying cornucopiae held in both hands
18mm x 19mm, 3.27g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 216, but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 132-134, Class C.II, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Bare head left
LIBERALITAS-AVG COS III · P P
Liberalitas standing right, emptying cornucopiae held in both hands
18mm x 19mm, 3.56g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 216, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Harlan J Berk


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 132-134, Class C.II, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Bare head, bust right, drapery on left shoulder and over back
PIETAS AVG-COS III P P
Pietas, veiled, seated left, patera in right hand, transverse scepter in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.28g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 218, but unlisted with this bust type and corrected in RIC as Pietas seated right)

Note: Rare - only two specimens in Reka Devnia hoard


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class D, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from behind
ADVEN_TVS AVG
Roma standing right, vertical spear in left hand and clasping with right hand Hadrian standing left
17mm x 18mm, 3.36g
RIC II, 225 (C)
Ex Harlan J Berk


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class D, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
AE_QVI_TAS AVG
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, vertical long scepter in left
16mm x 18mm, 3.88g
RIC II, 228 (unattested with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head, bust right
ANNO_NA AVG
Modius with grain-ears and poppy
18mm x 20mm, 2.98g
RIC II, 230 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate bust right
ANNO_NA AVG
Modius with grain-ears and poppy
18mm x 19mm, 3.31g
RIC II, 230 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
ANNO_NA AVG
Modius with grain-ears and poppy
17mm x 18mm, 3.26g
RIC II, 230 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
FORTV_NA AVG
Fortuna standing facing, head left, rudder on globe in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.47g
RIC II, 244 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class D, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head, bust right
MONE_TA AVG
Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
16mm x 17mm, 3.36g
RIC II, 256 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate bust right
MONE_TA AVG
Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.46g
RIC II, 256 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
PIET_A_S AVG
Pietas standing facing, head left, both hands raised, lit altar to left
17mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 257 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate bust right
ROMA-FELIX
Roma seated left on curule chair, branch in right hand, scepter in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.27g
RIC II, 264 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
ROMAE AE_TERNAE
Roma seated left, palladium in right hand, vertical spear in left, shield beside chair
15mm x 17mm, 3.59g
RIC II, 265 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
ROMVLO-CONDITORI
Romulus, bare-headed, advancing right, transverse spear pointing forward in right hand, trophy in left over shoulder
19mm x 20mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 266 (S)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
ROMVLO-CONDITORI
Romulus, bare-headed, advancing right, transverse reversed spear in right hand, trophy in left over shoulder
18mm x 20mm, 3.16g
RIC II, 266 (S)
Ex Vel Garnett Collection


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
ROMVLO-CONDITORI
Romulus, bare-headed, advancing right, transverse spear in right hand, trophy in left over shoulder
17mm x 19mm, 3.38g
RIC II, 266 (S)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
SALV_S AVG
Salus standing facing, head right, patera in left hand, apples (?) in right hand, feeding snake coiled around altar at right
17mm x 18mm, 3.04g
RIC II, 267 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
SALV_S AVG
Salus standing facing, head right, patera in left hand, feeding snake coiled around altar at right
18mm x 19mm, 3.36g
RIC II, 267 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
SALV_S AVG
Salus standing facing, head right, patera in left hand, round object in right hand, feeding snake coiled around altar at right
17mm x 19mm, 3.39g
RIC II, 267 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS .-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
SALV_S . AVG
Salus standing facing, head right, patera in left hand, round object in right hand, feeding snake coiled around altar at right
16mm x 18mm, 3.20g
RIC II, 267 (C)

Note: Unusual use of pellets in both the obverse and reverse legend.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
SALVS-AVG
Salus standing facing, head left, patera in right hand over altar at left, scepter in left hand
18mm x 19mm, 3.05g
RIC II, 268 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
SPES-P . R
Spes advancing left, flower upward in right hand, raising folds of skirt with left
18mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 274 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS .-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
TELLVS-STABIL
Tellus standing facing, head left, holding plow handle and rake
18mm, 3.37g
RIC II, 276 variant; RSC II, 1427c

Variant for no corn ears in ground to right and pellet in obverse legend


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class D, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
T_ELLVS-STABIL
Tellus standing facing, head left, right breast exposed, plow handle in right hand, rake in left, two grain ears growing behind
17mm x 18mm, 3.83g
RIC II, 276 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class D, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
TELLVS-STABIL
Tellus standing facing, head left, right breast exposed, plow handle in right hand, rake in left, two grain ears growing behind
17mm x 18mm, 3.49g
RIC II, 276 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
VI . CTO_RIA AVG
Nemesis standing right, drawing out fold of dress in right hand, branch pointed downward in left
17mm x 18mm, 3.31g
RIC II, 282 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
VICTOR_IA AVG
Nemesis standing right, drawing out fold of dress in right hand, branch pointed downward in left
17mm x 18mm, 3.06g
RIC II, 282 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
VICTO_RIA AV_G
Nemesis standing right, drawing out fold of dress in right hand, branch pointed downward in left
16mm x 20mm, 3.35g
RIC II, 282 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
VICTOR_IA • AVG
Victory seated left, wreath in right hand, palm in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.22g
RIC II, 286 (C)

 


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
VOTA-PVBLICA
Hadrian, veiled, standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod
18mm, 3.43g
RIC II, 290 (C)

 


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
VOTA PV_BLICA
Hadrian, standing facing, veiled left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod
17mm x 19mm, 3.29g
RIC II, 290 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on modius filled with grain ears, ibis at feet
16mm x 19mm, 3.08g
RIC II, 297 (C)
Ex Twelve Caesars, 2001


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet
18mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 297 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet
18mm x 19mm, 3.34g
RIC II, 297 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HA_DRIANVS .-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
AFRICA
Africa reclining left, scorpion in right hand, cornucopiae on left arm, modius filled with grain ears at feet
18mm x 19mm, 3.26g
RIC II, 299 (C)
Ex Twelve Caesars, 2001

Note: This coin has a pellet in the obverse field and an unusual legend break of A_D in the emperor's name


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
AFRICA
Africa reclining left, scorpion in right hand, left arm resting on basket
?mm, 3.34g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 299 for reverse type with basket at feet and cornucopiae on left arm); BMC 812 (this coin)
Ex British Museum Collection, exchanged in 1959, as per personal note from Richard Abdy
Photo courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, March 2008



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
ALEX_A_NDRIA
Alexandria standing left, sistrum in right hand, snake in basket in left hand
17mm x 19mm, 3.37g
RIC II, 300 (C)
Ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 115, Lot 1608, March 2002


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
HISPANIA
Spain reclining left, branch in right hand, left arm resting on pile of rocks, snake by her side, rabbit facing right at feet
17mm x 18mm, 3.01g
RIC II, 305 (C)
Ex Twelve Caesars, 2001


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
HI_SPA_NIA
Spain reclining left, branch in right hand, left arm resting on pile of rocks, rabbit behind facing left at feet
18mm x 19mm, 3.20g
RIC II, 306 (C)

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
ITA_LIA
Italy standing left, scepter in right hand, cornucopiae in left
18mm x 19mm, 2.97g
RIC II, 307 (C)
Ex Twelve Caesars, 2001

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
ITA_LIA
Italy standing facing, head left, long vertical scepter in right hand, cornucopiae in left
16mm x 17mm, 3.11g
RIC II, 307 (C)

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from behind
NILVS
Nilus reclining right against urn, cornucopiae in left hand, reed in right, hippopotamus before facing left, crocodile in waves below facing left
18mm x 19mm, 2.76g
RIC II, 310 (C)

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
RESTITVTORI-AFRICAE
Hadrian, togate, standing left, short scepter in left hand, raising with right hand kneeling Africa right wearing elephant-skin headdress, grain ears in left hand and grain ears growing in center field
17mm x 20mm, 2.84g
RIC II, 322 (S)
Ex Harlan J Berk

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
RESTITVTORI GALLIAE
Hadrian standing right, short scepter in left hand, raising kneeling Gallia left with right hand
17mm x 19mm, 3.48g
RIC II, 324 (C)
Ex Twelve Caesars, 2001

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
RESTITV_TORI HISPANIAE
Hadrian standing right, roll in right hand, raising with left hand kneeling Hispania left, branch in left hand, rabbit facing left on ground in center
17mm x 19mm, 3.46g
RIC II, 326 (S)

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
RESTITVT_ORI HISPANIAE
Hadrian standing right, roll in right hand, raising with left hand kneeling Hispania left, branch in left hand, rabbit facing left on ground in center, pellet or globe (?) in left field
18mm x 19mm, 3.65g
RIC II, 326 variant (S for type)

Note: The object in the left field reverse is undetermined and unexpected. Hadrian is listed in RIC with roll in left hand and raising Hispania with right.

 
Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right
RESTITVTORI HISPANIAE
Hadrian standing left, roll in left hand, raising with right hand kneeling Hispania left, branch in left hand, rabbit facing right on ground in center
17mm x 19mm, 3.29g
RIC II, 327 (S)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class E, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva standing facing, head right, reversed spear in right hand, left hand resting on shield to right
17mm x 19mm, 3.39g
RIC II, 330 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class E, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
COS-III
Minerva standing facing, head right, reversed spear in right hand, left hand resting on shield to right
17mm x 19mm, 3.12g
RIC II, 330 (C)
Ex Vel Garnett Collection

Note: Vel had this attributed as an Eastern mint issue. I confirmed with Barry Murphy this is a regular Rome issue.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Roma seated right on cuirass and shield, parazonium in left hand, spear in right
18mm x 20mm, 3.04g
RIC II, 332 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class E, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder
CO_S-III
Abundantia (Annona?) seated left, hook in right hand, cornucopiae in left, filled modius at feet
18mm x 19mm, 3.71g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 338 but unlisted with this bust type)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.29g
RIC II, 339 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
COS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 20mm, 3.39g
RIC II, 339 (C)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class E, Group I, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Pudicitia seated left, drawing veil with right hand
20mm, 3.34g
RIC II, 343 (C)

Note: The two concentric circles visible on the reverse are the upper and lower guidelines for the celator who was engraving the legend


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right
CO_S-III
Victory seated left, wreath upward in right hand, palm in left over shoulder
18mm x 19mm, 2.41g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 345, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Imperial Coins, VCoins, December 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 134-138, Class E, Group II, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
C_OS-III
Fortuna enthroned left, rudder on globe in right hand, cornucopiae in left
FORT RED in exergue
17mm x 19mm, 3.25g
RIC II, 360 (C)


Sabina, AR Denarius, 128-136, Class A, Rome
SABINA-AVGVSTA
Diademed, draped bust right, hair waved, rising into crest on top above diadem, knotted in queue, falling down back of neck
CONCOR_DIA AVG
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, vertical scepter in left
18mm, 3.54g
RIC II, 391 (C)
Ex Vel Garnett Collection


Sabina, AR Denarius, 128-136, Class A, Rome
SABINA-AVGVSTA
Draped bust right, hair waved, rising into crest on top above diadem, knotted in queue, falling down back of neck
IVNONI-REGINAE
Juno standing left, patera in right hand, scepter in left
16mm x 18mm, 2.99g
RIC II, 395a (C)

Note: The copper coloring in spots, along with the blackened areas, may be indicative of this coin having been found after a fire


Sabina, AR Denarius, 128-136, Class B, Rome
SABINA AVGVSTA-HADRIANI AVG P P
Draped bust right, hair waved, rising into crest on top above diadem, knotted in queue, falling down back of neck
CONC_OR_DIA AVG
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair
17mm x 18mm, 3.54g
RIC II, 398 (C)


Sabina, AR Denarius, 128-136, Class B, Rome
SABINA AVGVSTA-HADRIANI AVG P P
Draped bust left, hair waved, rising into crest on top above diadem, knotted in queue, falling down back of neck
CON_COR_DIA AVG
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair
18mm, 3.25g
RIC II, 398 (C)


Sabina, AR Denarius, 128-136, Class B, Rome
SABINA AVGVSTA-HADRIANI AVG P P
Draped bust right, hair waved, rising into crest on top above diadem, knotted in queue, falling down back of neck
CONCOR_DIA AVG
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, scepter in left, cornucopiae under chair
17mm x 18mm, 3.34g
RIC II, 399a (C)


Sabina, AR Denarius, 128-136, Class B, Rome
SABINA AVGVSTA-HADRIANI AVG P P
Draped bust right, hair coiled and piled on top of head behind metal tiara
(No legend)
Vesta seated left, palladium in right hand, scepter in left
S C in exergue
17mm x 21mm, 3.15g
RIC II, 408 (R)


Diva Sabina, AR Denarius, After 136, Rome
DIVA AVG-SABINA
Diademed, veiled, draped bust right
PIE_TATI
Horned altar with four panels, top two panels with pellets, bottom two panels with handles
AVG in exergue
17mm x 18mm, 2.87g
RIC II, 422b (R)


Aelius, AR Denarius, 137, Group A, Rome
L AELIVS CAE_SAR TR P COS II
Bare head right
PI_E_T_AS
Pietas standing facing, head left, both hands raised, lit altar at left
?mm, ?g
RIC II, 429 (R)


Aelius, AR Denarius, 136-138, Group B, Rome
L AELIVS-CAESAR
Bare head right
TR . POT .-COS . II
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left arm on cornucopiae set on urn
CONCORD in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 3.51g
RIC II, 436 (S)


Antoninus Pius as Caesar, AR Denarius, February 25-July 10, 138, Rome
IMP T AEL CAES-ANTONINVS
Bare head right
TRIB . PO_T-COS
Felicitas standing facing, head left, short caduceus upward in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 18mm, 3.08g
RIC II, --
Ex Vel Garnett Collection

Note: RIC II, 451 under Hadrian lists this exact coin, but for an AV quinarius (R2) and not a denarius.


Hadrian, AR Cistophorus, 138, Province of Asia (RIC), Ephesus (Metcalf)
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
DIA | NA / EPHESIA
Cultus statue of Diana Ephesia in tetrastyle temple
25mm x 28mm, 10.40g
RIC II, 475a (R); Metcalf Type 5


Hadrian, AR Cistophorus, 138, Province of Asia (RIC), Unidentified Mint D (Metcalf)
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Bacchus, nude, standing facing, head left, thyrsus in left hand, oenochoe in right hand over panther left at feet
28mm x 29mm, 10.17g
RIC II, 485 (R2); Metcalf Type 101/Type 98


Hadrian, AR Cistophorus, 138, Province of Asia (RIC), Laodicea (Metcalf)
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right
COS-III
Zeus of Laodicea standing facing, head left, wearing long robes, eagle in right hand, vertical scepter in left
28mm x 31mm, 10.21g
RIC II, 497 (R); Metcalf Type 56


Hadrian, AR Cistophorus, 138, Province of Asia (RIC), Laodicea (Metcalf)
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head, draped bust right
COS-III
Zeus of Laodicea standing facing, head left, wearing long robes, eagle in right hand, vertical scepter in left
26mm x 27mm, 10.12g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 497 for same with bare head); Metcalf Type 56


Hadrian, AR Cistophorus, 138, Province of Asia (RIC), Smyrna (Metcalf)
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right
COS-III
The two Nemeses standing facing, heads turned toward each other, both holding out a fold of her dress with right hand, the left holding a bridle in left hand, the right holding a cubit rule
27mm x 28mm, 10.70g
RIC II, 507 (R2); Metcalf Type 32
Ex Glenn Woods, CICF Show-Chicago, April 2008

Note: Overstruck on a tetradrachm of Augustus (bottom photo for type, reverse showing as undertype on obverse with AX of legend on Hadrian's portrait and oriented as 4-o'clock):

Augustus, AR Cistophorus, 28-20 BC, Ephesus
IMP CAESAR DIVI F COS VI LIBERTATIS P R VINDEX
Laureate head of Octavian right
PAX
Pax standing left on torch, caduceus in right hand, snake emerging from cysta mystica in right field, all in laurel wreath
RIC I, 476 (C)

 


Hadrian, AE As, 118, Rome
IMP CAES DIVI TRA PARTH F DIVI NER NEP TRAIANO HADRIANO AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PONT MAX TR POT COS II
Legionary eagle between two standards
S C in exergue
27mm x 29mm, 11.63g
RIC II, 546a (S)

Consignor notes: gFine. Some porosity.


Hadrian, Orichalcum Sestertius, 119-121, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIA_NVS AVG P M TR P COS III
Laureate bust right
RESTITVTORI ORBIS TERRARVM
Hadrian, togate, standing left, roll in left, hand, raising with right hand Terra (the world) kneeling right, globe in left hand
S C in exergue
32mm x 34mm, 27.57g
RIC II, 594a (R)

Consignor notes: Choice Fine. Indicated as rare in RIC.


Hadrian, AE Sestertius, 121-122, Group A, Class III, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped bust right
P M-TR P-COS-III
Virtus standing left, right foot on helmet, parazonium in right hand, reversed spear in left
VIRT | AVG / S | C across fields
32mm x 34mm, 27.68g
RIC II, 614c (C)
Ex Dean Langenfeld Collection


Hadrian, AE As, 121-122, Group A. III, Rome
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN-HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder
P M TR P-COS III
Pax standing facing, head left, branch downward in right hand, cornucopiae in left
S | C across fields
26mm x 27mm, 9.91g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 616, but unlisted with this bust type)
Ex Vel Garnett Collection


Hadrian, Orichalcum Dupondius, 125-128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Radiate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
C_O_S / III
Pegasus flying right
S | C across fields
27mm x 29mm, 10.51g
RIC II, 658 (S)

Consignor notes: gFine/VF. Choice, green patina with a few scattered deposits. Small flan crack.


Hadrian, AE As, 125-128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
COS III
Lyre
S | C across fields
23mm x 24mm, 7.54g
RIC II, 684 (S)


Hadrian, AE Semis, 125-128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from behind
CO_S-III
Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory in right hand, spear in left, shield behind
S C in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 3.43g
RIC II, 685 (C)


Hadrian, AE Quadrans, 125-128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from behind
COS-III
Woman, towered, seated left, holding corn-ears and resting left elbow on stork perched on a rock, river-god swimming left below
S | C across fields
18mm, 3.99g
RIC II, 686 (R2)


Hadrian, AE Quadrans, 125-128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from behind
COS III
Lyre
S | C across fields
17mm x 18mm, 2.39g
RIC II, 688 (S)


Hadrian, AE Quadrans, 125-128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from behind
COS-III
Lyre
S | C across fields
17mm x 18mm, 3.81g
RIC II, 688 (S)


Hadrian, AE Quadrans (?), Group B Appendix, 125-128, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Radiate head right
COS-III
Modius with six corn ears
20mm x 21mm, 5.79g
RIC II, 700 (S)

Notes from RIC: As footnoted on p.429 "Note absence of SC on reverse". Also, this coin is listed under the Appendix of Group B, which is described as "A few curious coins may be noted together here" and RIC is unclear for certain as to the denomination of this piece.

Consignor notes: Fine. Deposits. 


Hadrian, Orichalcum As, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from behind
CAPPA_DOCIA
Cappadocia standing facing, towered head left, wearing tunic and cloak with tassels, miniature Mt. Argaeus in right hand, vertical vexillum in left
S | C across fields
?mm, ?g
RIC II, 848 (S)


Hadrian, Orichalcum As, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from behind
CAPP_A_DOCIA
Cappadocia standing facing, towered head left, wearing tunic and cloak with tassels, miniature Mt. Argaeus in right hand, vertical vexillum in left
S | C across fields
26mm x 27mm, 12.88g
RIC II, 848 (S)

Consignor notes: gFine. Nice in hand and much scarcer than indicated in RIC. 


Hadrian, AE As, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from behind
(No legend)
Dacia seated left on rock, vexillum in right hand, scimitar in left
S | C across fields
DACIA in exergue
27mm x 28mm, 11.56g
RIC II, 850 (S)


Hadrian, AE As, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from behind
NILVS
Nilus reclining right, holding reed and cornucopiae, leaning on rock, hippopotamus among reeds to front, crocodile below
26mm, 10.91g
RIC II, 862 (S)


Hadrian, Orichalcum Sestertius, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare headed, draped bust right
RESTI_TVTORI • HISPANIAE
Hadrian, togate, standing left, roll in left, hand, raising with right hand Hispaniae kneeling right, long branch in left hand over shoulder, rabbit right between them
S C in exergue
32mm x 33mm, 28.40g
RIC II, 952 (S)

Consignor notes: gFine. Choice color, highly artistic style. Small scratches in center of reverse, minor porosity.


Hadrian, AE As, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Salus standing right, feeding snake in her arms
S | C across fields
28mm, 12.68g
RIC II, 975 (C)


Hadrian, AE Quadrans, Group E, 134-138, Rome
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Three standards
S | C across fields
17mm x 18mm, 3.48g
RIC II, 977 (S)

Consignor notes: Fine/VG. Deposits.

*** Antioch Mint Issues ***

Note: The attribution to the Antioch mint for these issues is based on a comparison of the portrait style to those on contemporary Antiocheni tetradrachms.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117-138, Antioch
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR POT_ES-COS III
Fortuna seated left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left
16mm x 18mm, 2.35g
RIC II, -- (Footnote to 85)
Ex Barry Murphy, July 2006

Note: The footnote on p. 350 to RIC 85 states "Variant of rev. P M TR POTES COS III occurs as a denarius, with obv. C.1, as does also a second variant with same reverse legend, Fortuna seated l. (C.1179, Pl. XII, 227). Specimens of both coins in B.M. show markedly Eastern style and fabric."


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117-138, Antioch
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR POT_ES-COS III
Fortuna seated left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left
?mm, 3.06g
RIC II, -- (Footnote to 85)
Photo for study purposes - image courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, June 2008

Note: Same reverse die as previous specimen.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117-138, Antioch
[IMP CAESAR] TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR-POTES-III-COS III
Fortuna seated left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.29g
RIC II, -- (Footnote to 85); BMC --; RSC 1179d
Ex John Lavender, Private Sale, July 2007

Note: Extremely rare - only one other known specimen (Athens). Interesting reverse legend blunder with POTES III.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117-138, Antioch
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, drapery on left shoulder
P M TR POT_ES COS III
Pax standing facing, head left, branch downward in right hand, cornucopiae in left
PAX in exergue
20mm, 2.91g
RIC II, --; BMCRE --; RSC --
Ex Barry Murphy, Private Sale, June 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117-138, Antioch
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, aegis on left shoulder
P M T_R POT_ES COS III .
Genius standing facing, head left, patera in right hand over lit altar at left, cornucopiae in left
16mm x 19mm, 2.39g
RIC II, --
Ex Verica Petrovic, eBay, December 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117-138, Antioch
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, aegis on left shoulder
P M TR . POTE_S III . COS III .
Fortuna standing facing, head left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left
?mm, 3.60g
RIC II, --; BMCRE --; RSC --
Photo for study purposes - image courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, July 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 117-138, Antioch
[IMP] CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
P M TR POTES COS III .
Pax standing facing, head left, branch downward in right hand, cornucopiae in left
PAX in exergue
?mm, ?g
RIC II, --; BMCRE --; RSC --
Photo for study purposes - image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, February 2008

*** Undetermined Eastern Mint Issues ***

Note: On p. 314 of RIC II, under the subheading of MINTS, we find "Even a close study of the coins of Hadrian discloses few traces of multiplicity of mints. Fabric does not vary notably, the lettering is more or less uniform and the variations in style are such as to suggest change of artist and lapse of time rather than distinct mintage. It is to the one mint of Rome, then, that we ascribe the great bulk of Hadrian's coinage. Here and there, however, the trained eye will pick out a coin that does not fit into the normal Roman series. The comparatively rare pieces are mostly denarii and belong to one of two classes assignable a) to Antioch, b) to Ephesus or some neighboring town, on comparison with local issues. It is very remarkable that Hadrian, the great traveler and enthusiast for the provinces, should have been so chary with his provincial issues. These rare non-Roman coins are placed in the general series, but noted as they occur. They are so few and sporadic that it has seemed inadvisable, for once, to class them apart under mints. The "Cistophori", of course, are almost all of the province of Asia, -- a few only of the neighboring province of Bithynia. Among the mints were certainly Ephesus, Sardis, Smyrna, -- and very probably, many more not quite so clearly indicated."

Note: The only substantive group of Hadrian Eastern denarii of which I am aware was the sale of the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins by Spink in London, November 18, 1997, Lots 1033-1042. Mr. Kelly was kind enough to mail me his copy of the Spink auction catalog for my research upon seeing this part of my site. Partially as a result of our friendly correspondence, Mr. Kelly has resumed collecting Hadrian's Eastern denarii. It's nice to have professional and interesting colleagues such as Mr. Kelly and Curtis Clay of Harlan J Berk in Chicago (who also collects Hadrian's Eastern denarii) with whom to do research. Hopefully between all of our collections and documentation we will be able to put together a good comparative analysis of the denarii against the work William Metcalf has done with the silver Eastern cistophori. Also, a great deal of thanks and credit goes to Barry Murphy and John Lavender, who continually search for more examples for my collection. I wouldn't be anywhere near as far as I am without their help and guidance.

Note: Examples in GREEN TEXT are not in my collection - the images were provided for study purposes by their respective owners.

Note update from Curtis Clay on February 4, 2008 - Hadrian's main issue of Eastern denarii seems to have been produced c. 129-131 in connection with his second great provincial tour. The obv. and rev. types generally copy those of Roman denarii.  Many of the types are rare, attested in only a couple of specimens, and it is not unusual for previously unknown types to emerge. The usual obv. legend is HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, a legend that was used at Rome in 128-9. Considerably rarer are Eastern denarii with obv. legend HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS or HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, the first of which was used at Rome c. 125-8 and then again c. 129-131, and the second of which was Hadrian's latest obv. legend at Rome, used from c. 131 on.

Note update on February 18, 2008: This section has been reorganized by obverse legend, then reverse legend or type, to begin working out the issue chronology.

Conclusion from William Metcalf's book "The Cistophori of Hadrian", pp.150-151 on Hadrian's denarii of unusual style: If any of the "eastern" denarii (excluding the Antiocheni issues) were minted in Asia, they probably all belong to one mint. This is based on a lack thus far to show consistent correspondence between any of the cistophoric mints and denarii. Also, Metcalf proposes the cistophori were produced for a possible combination of reasons, including visits to the various issuing cities during his two provincial tours and Hadrian's Panhellenic Program, which hoped to restore federal government in the provinces and use the coinage as a tradition of the past functioning in a contemporary context and using a combination of Roman legends with Greek and local themes. The denarii do not follow the same reasoning, since they are overwhelmingly Roman in theme. Metcalf concludes on p.151 with "if the "eastern" denarii were not struck at cistophoric mints, there is little reason to suppose that they were "eastern" at all. They are certainly not prominent in the few eastern finds which have been recorded, and of all the emperors to whom an Asian denarius coinage might be attributed, Hadrian is among the least likely. It is time to admit that "eastern" means simply "anomalous", and to set about the systematic collection and comparison of these anomalies and, above all, adequate recording of the provenances." Sounds like a great idea and below is an ongoing effort to collect and compare the styles of the "anomalous" denarii to cistophori and drachms, looking for stylistic matches by celator/mint.

Hadrian enthusiast, Michael Kelly and his English Bull Terrier, Sacha

"Photo taken July, 2007 at Chesters Fort on Hadrian's Wall. Behind is the sunken strong room of the fort. Nearby is the bathhouse and below that is the river Tyne. Cilurnum was garrisoned by a cavalry regiment five-hundred strong. It's a favourite spot of mine and my first visit was on a school trip back in 1957."


Michael Kelly and his rescued English Bull Terrier, Zach Junior (named after me and described as "black brindle and white and a powerful lad" heh :) )

Photo taken at "Dunstanburgh castle about twenty five miles from here. Knowing your interest in camp gates I thought it would interest you. A bit modern though - fourteenth century. A Lancastrian fortress during the wars of the Roses & a lovely place to visit covering 4.5 hectares." Cool. Wish I lived there!

 

(119-122 AD?) = IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANS AVG: COS III with additional legends

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 119-122 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
IMP CAESAR (R retrograde) TR_IAN (sic) HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust left, seen from behind
P-M TR-R- (sic) COS-III (C with heavy serifs making the C appear to be a retrograde D)
Salus standing left, vertical long scepter in left hand, patera in right hand over lit altar around which is coiled snake
SAL | AVG across fields
?mm, 2.90g
RIC --; BMC --; RSC 1327d variant
Ex Spink, Auction 123, Lot 1033, November 1997 (misdescribing both the obverse and reverse legends); Ex Michael Kelly Collection

Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006

Notes: Spink misdescribed the coin in the auction as obverse legend with TRAIAN and reverse as TR P and COS II.

(Late 125-Early 128 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVGVST: COS III

Hadrian, AR Denarius, Late 125-Early 128 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVST
Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Roma standing facing, helmeted head left, Victory in right hand, spear in left
?mm, 3.35g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 161 Rome for reverse type)
Image courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, June 2008

Notes: RIC lists an obverse legend AVGVST on only one coin - a variant of RIC 193, an aureus with she-wolf and twins reverse footnoted on p.362 citing Cohen 424 (with obverse bust type laureate head right).

(125-128 AD?) = AVGVSTVS HADRIANVS: COS III

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 125-128 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
AVGVSTVS-HADRIANVS
Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
COS III
Crescent with seven stars
?mm, ?g
Strack 20
Ex Münzzentrum-Rheinland Catalog

Image courtesy Curtis Clay Collection, February 2008

Notes from Curtis Clay - Strack *20, unique in Vienna. The rev. type, as usual, is copied from denarii struck at Rome, even the legend placement in exergue occurs there, though usually the legend runs clockwise, COS on left and III on right. The obverse of this denarius, in portrait style and transposed legend order, is quite similar to the cistophorus of Hadrian, Metcalf 298, Uncertain Mint A, as pointed out by Wolfram Weiser in a note in the Münzzentrum-Rheinland catalogue from which I got the coin.

(125-128 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS: COS III with additional legends

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 125-128 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right
ROMA FELIX-COS III P P
Roma, helmeted, seated left on curule chair, branch in right hand, scepter in left
?mm, 3.01g
Strack Plate XX, 21 (same obverse die)
Ex ANA Show Milwaukee, August 2007

Image courtesy Curtis Clay Collection, February 2008

(128-129 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P: COS III

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right
COS-III
Minerva standing facing, head right, reversed vertical spear in right hand, left hand resting on shield to right
18mm, 2.95g
RIC II, 330 (Rome)
Ex Cameleon Coins, eBay, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva standing facing, head right, reversed vertical spear in right hand, left hand resting on shield to right
18mm x 19mm, 3.41g
RIC II, 330 (Rome)
Ex Barry Murphy, Baltimore Show, March 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva advancing right, shield in left hand, brandishing spear with right
3.52g
RIC II, 331 (Rome); BMCRE 1030 (same obverse die as pl. 69, 14); RSC 298a
Image courtesy Barry Murphy, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped bust left
COS-III
Minerva advancing right, shield in left hand, brandishing spear with right
3.02g
RIC II, 331 (Rome); Strack-- (maybe same obverse die as *35, *60 & *65 illustrated on Taf XVIII)
Ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 142, Lot 2548, October 2005
Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva seated left on cuirass and shield, Victory in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 19mm, 2.74g
RIC II, 333 (Rome); Strack 41
Ex Serbitar Classical Art, eBay, March 2006

Note: Modern forgery as discovered in December 2008 (see twin below).


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva seated left on cuirass and shield, Victory in right hand, cornucopiae in left
?mm, 2.61g
RIC II, 333 (Rome); Strack 41
Ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 147, Lot 2135, March 2006
Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008

Note: Modern forgery. Note this specimen and the previous are identical with exception to slight wear. The flan shape, flan edge flaws, bumps and scratches are all the same on both pieces. Wayne Kimber notes the style is very similar to Strack 41. Perhaps it is the seed for these forgeries? The coins in hand are very deceiving with no obvious evidence of being cast. The surfaces are just slightly grainy on my specimen.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva seated left on cuirass and shield, Victory in right hand, cornucopiae in left
18mm x 19mm, 2.70g
RIC II, 333 (Rome)
Ex Hixenbaugh Ancient Art, Vcoins, April 2007


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Roma seated left on cuirass and shield, Victory in right hand, cornucopiae in left
?mm, 3.12g
RIC II, 333 variant (Rome); cf. BMC 1032
Ex Spink, Auction 123, Lot 1037, November 1997; Ex Michael Kelly Collection

Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right
COS-III
Roma standing right, left foot on helmet, parazonium in left hand, vertical spear in right
?mm, ?g
RIC II, -- (cf. RIC 337 for same but Roma left (Rome)); Strack 45
Ex Kunker, Auction 83, Lot 909, June 2003

Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 19mm, 3.33g
RIC II, 339 (Rome)
Ex Harlan Berk, ANA Show, August 2007

Notes from Curtis Clay: "BMC and Strack divide specimens of this denarius between Rome and Hadrian's Eastern mint, and the present coin is one they would assign to Rome, BM pl. 56.6-7; Strack pl. III, 205. I, however, believe that all denarii of this type were produced at the Eastern mint, the earliest being in close to Roman style, perhaps because their dies were cut by engravers borrowed from the mint of Rome. P. V. Hill omits this denarius from his Dating and Arrangement, so had apparently reached the same conclusion."

Notes from Barry Murphy: "Looks Eastern, or rather doesn't look Rome mint, though not typical. The hair seems a bit too coarse for Rome, the legend is correct for the Eastern issues and the reverse figure is a bit too small for a Rome mint issue."


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
2.97g
RIC II, 339 (Rome); BMCRE 1035; RSC 382
Image courtesy Barry Murphy, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.38g
RIC II, 339 (Rome)
Ex Barry Murphy, Baltimore Show, November 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
19mm x 20mm, 3.56g
RIC II, 339 (Rome)
Ex Zuzim Judaea Coins, eBay, November 2006; Found in Israel


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
C_OS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
19mm, 3.36g
RIC II, 339 (Rome)
Ex John Lavender, VCoins, November 2005; Ex Barry Murphy, VCoins, November 2005


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-III
Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
18mm, 3.06g
RIC II, 339 (Rome)


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
C_OS-III
Fortuna standing facing, head left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 18mm, 2.88g
RIC II, 341 (Rome); BMCRE 1037; RSC 375
Ex Barry Murphy, Baltimore Show, November 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Genius standing facing, head left, naked to waist, sacrificing from patera in right hand over lit altar at left, cornucopiae in left
18mm x 19mm, 3.14g
RIC II, 342 (Rome)
Ex Titiana and Slavey Art Numis, Direct Private Sale, May 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Italia standing facing, head left, scepter in right hand, cornucopiae in left
19mm, 3.60g
RIC II, 346 (Rome); BMCRE pg. 380, 23; RSC 396
Ex Barry Murphy, VCoins, November 2005


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG[VSTVS P P]
Laureate head right
COS-III
Modius filled with grain ears
?mm, 3.39g
RIC II, 353 (Rome)
Ex Spink, Auction 123, Lot 1035, November 1997; Ex Michael Kelly Collection

Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Crescent moon upward, three stars above, four stars within
18mm x 20mm, 3.31g
RIC II, -- (similar to RIC 358 (Rome)); BMC p. 304, note (Rome); cf. RSC 467a (Rome)
Ex Moneta Numismatic Services (John Lavender), September 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Crescent moon upward, seven stars within
?mm, 3.15g
RIC II, -- (similar to RIC 358 (Rome)); BMC p. 380, 26
Ex Spink, Auction 123, Lot 1036, November 1997; Ex Michael Kelly Collection

Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Crescent moon upward, seven stars within
?mm, ?g
RIC II, 358 (Rome); Strack 50
Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Auction 49, Lot 1576, March 1999

Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Appendix to Class E, Obverse as in Class E, but no COS III on reverse, Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
ITALIA-FELIX
Italia standing facing, head left, long vertical scepter in right hand, cornucopiae in left
?mm, 2.77g
RIC II, 368 (Rome) (R2); Cohen 870
Images courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, October 2008


Footnote on RIC II, p.382: "368, 369. Both coins are of foreign fabric: Cohen suggests Syria, but perhaps Asia Minor is more probable". So, in this case, the attribution of RIC 368 is entirely correct and the footnotes places it correctly at an eastern mint, even though it is still listed under Rome.

Note: Mr. Kelly purchased this coin as uncleaned (bottom image - click for larger images).



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Appendix to Class E, Obverse as in Class E, but no COS III on reverse, Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
FIDES-AVG
Fides standing facing, head right, dish of fruits upward in left hand, grain ears downward in right
3.47g
RIC II, --; Strack --
Ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 138, Lot 2113, March 2005
Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right
COS-III
Eagle standing facing, tail right, head right, wings spread close to body
3.16g
RIC II, --; BMCRE --; RSC 426c
Image courtesy Barry Murphy, January 2006



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Eagle standing facing, tail right, head right, wings spread close to body
?g
RIC II, --; Strack *47 (different dies)
Ex David Vagi, Private Sale

Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva standing facing, head left, thunderbolt in right hand, vertical spear in left, shield on ground behind
?mm, 2.92g
RIC II, --; BMC p.379, 14; RSC 296b
Ex Spink, Auction 123, Lot 1039, November 1997; Ex Michael Kelly Collection

Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P (sic)
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder
COS-I_II
Victory standing left on globe, wreath upward in right hand, palm in left over shoulder
?mm, 2.74g
RIC II, --; BMCRE --
Ex Spink, Auction 123, Lot 1041, November 1997; Ex Michael Kelly Collection

Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
C_O_S-III
Galley sailing right, five rowers, eight oars, prominant rudder, tall mast
?mm, 3.14g
RIC II, --; Strack 55
Ex Numismatik Lanz, Auction 112, Lot 476, November 2002

Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008

(128-129 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P: COS III with additional legends

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
P M T_R P-COS III
Pax seated left, branch in right hand, scepter in left
17mm x 19mm, 2.40g
RIC II, --
Ex Ancient Imports, VCoins, November 2005; Ex Nelson Ballantyne Collection; Ex Old Roman Coins, eBay, January 2001


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGSTVS (sic) P P
Laureate, draped bust right
P M TR P-COS III
Genius standing facing, head left, sacrificing from patera in right hand over lit altar at left, grain earns in left hand
3.19g
RIC II, --
Image courtesy Gorny & Mosch, MA-Shops, December 2007. Coin is now part of the Michael Kelly collection, purchased from Gorny & Mosch, June 2007 (updated January 7, 2008).



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
P M-TRI-P COS III
Mars advancing right, trophy in left hand over shoulder, transverse spear in right pointing forward
?mm, 3.26g
RIC II, --
Ex Michael Kelly Collection
Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006


(128-129 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P: Travel series

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right
AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on modius filled with grain ears, ibis on column at feet
?mm, ?g
Strack 61 (same dies?) - Obverse also appears to be same dies as Strack 36a and 64
Ex Gorny & Mosch Auction

Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, January 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped bust right
AFRICA
Africa reclining left, scorpion in right hand, left arm resting on rocks, cornucopiae across arm, modium at feet
?mm, 3.40g
RIC II, --; Strack --, same obverse style as Strack 63 and 55 illustrated Taf XVIII
Ex Helios, Auction 2, Lot 286, November 2008

Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
ITA_LIA
Italia standing facing, head left, scepter in right hand, cornucopiae in left
?mm, ?g
RIC II, --
Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, February 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped bust right
NILVS
Nilus reclining right, reed in right hand, cornucopiae upward in left
?mm, ?g
Strack 63 (same dies)
Ex David Vagi

Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, January 2008

(131-138 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P: Travel series


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on modius filled with grain ears, ibis at feet
18mm x 20mm, 3.39g
RIC II, 297 (Rome)
Ex Gantcho Zagorski, eBay, June 2006

Note: This specimen is a modern (Bulgarian?) forgery. I saw another example for sale by Gantcho Zagorski on eBay in 2008, but cannot find the image to compare.

Update - 03-18-2009: The bottom example was found being sold by Gantcho Zagorski (dianacoins) on eBay by Michael Kelly. Note the reverse die match, but now paired with a Rome (!) mint obverse die.


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right, drapery on left shoulder
AS_IA
Asia standing facing, head left, hook in right hand, reversed rudder in left, right foot on prow
?mm, ?g
RIC II, 301 (Rome); Strack 73
Ex Classical Numismatic Group
Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, February 2008


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
A_S_IA
Asia standing facing, head left, hook in right hand, reversed rudder in left, right foot on prow
19mm x 17mm, 3.10g
RIC II, 301 (Rome)
Ex Private Sale, April 2009

(131-138 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P: Various legends

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
FORTV_NA AVG
Clementia or Concordia standing facing, head left, patera in right hand, cornucopiae in left
18mm x 20mm, 3.02g
RIC II, 245a (Rome)
Ex Kelly Ramage, eBay, October 2005


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
PIETAS-AVG
Pietas seated left, patera in right hand, short transverse scepter in left
?mm, 2.95g
RIC II, 260 (Rome)
Ex Michael Kelly Collection
Image created from scanned photos mailed to me courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, January 2006



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
PIETAS-AVG
Pietas seated left, patera in right hand, short transverse scepter in left
?mm, 2.88g
RIC II, 260 (Rome)
Image courtesy Michael Kelly Collection, December 2008 (same dies as previous example)


(131-138 AD?) = HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P: COS III

Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P
Bare head right
COS-III
Concordia or Clementia standing facing, head left, patera in right hand, cornucopiae in left
19mm, 2.76g
RIC II, --
Ex Atlantis Coins, VCoins, January 2006


Hadrian, AR Denarius, 131-138 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVG COS III P P (starting from upper right)
Bare head right
COS-III
Crescent with seven stars
?mm, ?g
RIC II, --; Strack 67; BMC P381, 38, Plate 71.2
Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, February 2008

*** Roman Provincial Drachms ***

Note: Since the Roman Provincial silver drachm was the equivalent to the Imperial denarius, I've started adding them to my collection and this page. Perhaps there will be some stylistic clues or celator crossover.


Hadrian, AR Drachm, 131/132 (Amisus Era Year 163), Pontus-Amisus
AUT KAI TRA ADRIANOC CEB P P UP G
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
AMICOU ELEUQER_AC ETOUC PXG
Minerva, helmeted, standing facing, head left, Nike in right hand, left hand resting on shield
17mm x 19mm, 3.09g


Hadrian, AR Drachm, 132/133 (Amisus Era Year 164), Pontus-Amisus
. AUT . KAI . TRA . ADRIA_NOC CEB P P UP G
Laureate head right
AMCOU ELEUQE_RAC ETOUC PXD
Capricorn right. cornucopiae on shoulder, globe between front hooves
19mm x 20mm, 3.01g
Waddington, Rec. Gen., S.81,83
Ex Ancient Resource, VCoins, March 2009


Hadrian, AR Drachm, Year?, Cappadocia-Caesarea
ADRIANOC-CEBACTOC
Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
UPATOC G P MHTR PATR 
Agalma of Mt. Argaeus, three stars above
18mm x 19mm, 3.11g
Ex Stephen Blencoe, eBay, February 2009