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Early Eastern Hadrian Denarius

 
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 Posted 09/25/2022  06:02 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add maridvnvm to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I just had to share this new purchase. As some of you knowI like Roman Imperials but with a strong leaning to the Eastern mints when it comes to denarii.

This coin comesfrom the first eastern issue of Hadrian from Antioch (or Tyre?) mint. Struck August-December AD 117. It celebrates his adoption by Trajan which was made public just before Trajan died.

It is quite an attractive denarius despiteareas of legend being slightly off flan. The style is distinctly eastern and quite different in style to the same type from Rome.

Obv:- IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO OPTAVG GER DAC, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from front
Rev:- PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, Trajan and Hadrian standing vis--vis, clasping right hands and each holding a volumen in left; ADOPTIO in exergue.
References:- RIC II.3 2959; RPC p. 449; RSC 4d; McAlee p. 217; Butcher p. 97, fig. 30, 13 (same dies?); RIC II -; BMCRE 1021

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 Posted 09/25/2022  10:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It seems that the die cutters employed at the Mint where this coin was struck had yet to receive their plaster bust copy of the new Caesar and therefore had to make some sort of guess at what Hadrian actually looked like,
or, (perhaps more likely),
the copy bust had not yet been received, but the die cutter had some visual memory of Hadrian after a recent visit by him to the area.
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 Posted 09/26/2022  09:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's such a cool looking portrait Martin.
I'd not seen this eastern mint type for Hadrian before so thanks for posting...Paul
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 Posted 09/26/2022  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The nuances of collecting are almost never ending. The style of the portraits is another aspect that I didn't much pay attention to as I was more worried about filling the holes in my collection. Now that most (still a lot more) are filled, this is something I might look in to.

Thanks for sharing.
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