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    Handsome Hadrian

    Hadrian (AD 117-138). AV aureus (21mm, 7.30 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 119-122. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right, viewed from front / P M TR P COS III·, nude Genius of the Roman People standing left, holding patera in extended right hand and corn ears in left. RIC 91. BMCRE 175. Cohen 1092. Calicó 1328. With an excellent portrait in high relief. NGC XF 5/5 - 3/5, Fine Style.

    This handsome aureus bears a striking portrait of one of Rome's greatest rulers. Publius Aelius Hadrianus was born in Rome in AD 76, the son of a Spanish senator and related through his mother to the future Emperor Trajan. After succeeding as emperor in AD 217, Hadrian abandoned many of Trajan's over-ambitious conquests and engaged in a policy of peace abroad and reform at home. He spent most of his 21-year reign traveling, visiting every province of the Roman Empire. His building projects were many and long-lasting, including Hadrian's Wall in northern Britain and the Pantheon in Rome. Under his patronage, Roman art and sculpture reached its creative peak.


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