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    Entering Mauretania

    Hadrian (AD 117-138). Orichalcum sestertius (32mm, 25.16 gm, 11h). Rome, AD 134-138. Bareheaded and draped bust of Hadrian right / ADVENTVI AVG MAVRETANIAE, Hadrian, togate, standing right, raising hand and holding scroll or short scepter, facing Mauretania, standing left, wearing short tunic, standing left, sacrificing from patera over altar and holding vexillum; sacrificial heifer behind altar. RIC II 897. Banti 47. Rare!  Superior portrait in high style, natural two-tone patina with light earthen encrustation. NGC XF 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style.

    Hadrian abandoned many of Trajan's conquests and engaged in a policy of peace abroad and reform at home. He never felt comfortable in Rome and spent most of his 21-year reign traveling, eventually visiting every province of the Roman Empire. He honored the unique ethnicity and cultural identity of each place he visited, striking the famous "Travel Series" of coins to mark each imperial visit.  Mauretania, on the North African coast contiguous to modern Morocco and Algeria, was an important breadbasket for the Empire and received a visit from Hadrian in AD 128. This coin marks his "advent" or entrance to the province and shows Hadrian being welcomed by a youth in a short tunic, representing Mauretania, who is performing a sacrifice. Most of these coins were struck long after the actual visit took place, making it a retrospective view of his travels.


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