I just had to share this new purchase. As some of you know I like Roman Imperials but with a strong leaning to the Eastern mints when it comes to denarii.
This coin comes from 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 despite areas 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 OPT AVG 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-ŕ-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