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Sabina, Hadrian's Long-Suffering Wife, Deified  
 

 
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 Posted 01/11/2017  2:55 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jskirwin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As my profile image suggests an important part of my Roman imperial collection is deification issues.

Almost from the start of my collection, the whole state religion deification process fascinated me. The decision by the Senate to deify an emperor or family member as a sign of respect, the lookout who watched the smoke from the funeral pyre for signs of the deceased's soul being carried to heaven, ending in the coin commemorating the event. The imperial cult was an important aspect of life in Rome and these coins were meant to remind Romans of the connection between their rulers and their gods.

Vibia Sabina, a cousin of Hadrian, became his wife in 100AD at the request of Trajan's wife Plotina. We know little of her life as empress but we can assume that her marriage to Hadrian wasn't that great considering Hadrian's intense love for his Greek lover Antinous. The Historia Augusta claims she had an affair with Suetonius, but that chronicle is highly unreliable. Nevertheless when Sabina died in 136-7, Hadrian ordered her deified.

Below is the relief showing her deification that once stood in the Campus Martius but now resides in Portugal. Inset is the coin that I added to my collection.

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 Posted 01/11/2017  6:30 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent coin, congrats on adding it to your collection.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  6:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really nice pick up. Congrats. Celator article about her here: https://community.vcoins.com/celator-vol-14-no-01/
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 Posted 01/11/2017  6:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good choice of specialty; lots of ancillary material to present with the coin(s).

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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 Posted 01/11/2017  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@jskirwin, very nice post and great coin!
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 Posted 01/13/2017  9:24 pm  Show Profile   Check TypeCoin971793's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TypeCoin971793 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The portrait is very nice. It almost looks like a medal.
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 Posted 01/13/2017  10:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jskirwin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The portrait is very nice. It almost looks like a medal.


I know. I fell in love with the coin because of it - a big no-no to collectors but sometimes you just can't help yourself. Collecting has a strong emotional component.

What appealed to me:
1. Empress - I love the Roman ladies. So pretty compared to the guys.
2. Nice portrait - That face almost looks like one you would see as Lady Liberty on a modern coin.
3. Consecratio - The deification issue. The only things we have remotely like it are the commemorative medals that were issued after the death of Washington.

Eagerly awaiting her arrival from the UK.
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 Posted 01/14/2017  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dwayne8625 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very cool coin
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