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    First Hadrian Denarius

    Hadrian (AD 117-138). AR denarius (3.12 gm). Rome, AD 117. IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right, seen from front, strap over shoulder / PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, Trajan (on left) and Hadrian standing confronting, holding globe between them. RIC 2c. RSC 1009c. Rare. Nicely struck on a broad flan, with lustrous fields. Nearly extremely fine.

    Ex Numismatik Lanz 151 (30 June 2011), lot 735 (realized 2000 euro).

    This is the first silver coin issued for Hadrian, depicting his adoptive father Trajan passing him a globe, signifying world rule. In fact Hadrian's adoption as heir and successor occurred only on Trajan's death bed and may have been stage-managed by the Empress Plotina.


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    January, 2012
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