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Ancients: Hadrian. 117-138 AD. Denarius, 2.86g (6h). Eastern mint, c. 128-131 AD. Obv: HADRIANVS - AVGVSTVS P P Head laureate right. R...

2011 April Heritage-Gemini Signature Ancient Coins Auction #3011

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Auction Ended On: Apr 14, 2011
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Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
5440 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

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Hadrian. 117-138 AD. Denarius, 2.86g (6h). Eastern mint, c. 128-131 AD. Obv: HADRIANVS - AVGVSTVS P P Head laureate right. Rx: COS - III Roma seated left on cuirass, helmet below left foot, holding Victory and spear, with further arms on ground to right of the cuirass, namely an oval shield, an oblong shield, a bow, and a quiver. BM p. 299 note, e (L.A. Lawrence Collection, misattributed to Rome) = Strack *40, pl. XIX (the same Lawrence coin, additional arms not mentioned) = RSC 347g ("Lawrence"). Perhaps only the second recorded specimen of this rare Eastern denarius, after the Lawrence coin described by BMC, Strack, and Seaby. Highly unusual reverse type with exceptionally beautiful portrait of Hadrian. Virtually Mint State.

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