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Live auction - brm_423508 - HADRIAN Aureus

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Estimate : 25 000 €
Price : 42 000 €
Maximum bid : 42 000 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:40:39
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Aureus
Date: 134
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : gold
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 7,07 g.
Rarity : R3
Officine: 1re
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur flan large et ovale, parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Portrait de toute beauté d’Hadrien vieillissant. Sujet de revers tout à fait inhabituel de haut relief et finement détaillé. Conserve l’intégralité de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
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Obverse legend : HADRIANVS - AVG COS III P P.
Obverse description : Buste drapé et cuirassé tête nue d’Hadrien à droite, vu de trois quarts en arrière (A°2).
Obverse translation : “Hadrianus Augustus Consul tertium Pater Patriae” (Hadrien auguste, consul pour la troisième fois, Père de la Patrie).


Reverse legend : ADVENTVS AVGVSTI.
Reverse description : Rome et Hadrien debout face à face ; Hadrien est debout à droite tourné à gauche, vêtu de la toge donnant la main à Rome debout à gauche tournée à droite, casquée, vêtue militairement, tenant un sceptre long.
Reverse translation : “Adventus Augusti” (L’arrivée de l’auguste).


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de NAC 92, n° 557. Le cinquième exemplaire recensé d’après les experts de Numismatica Ars Classica.

Historical background



Hadrian was born in 76 in Italica. Pupil of Trajan, he married in 100 Sabine, grand-niece of the emperor, and made a career in the staff of the latter, in particular during the Dacian campaign. In 117, he succeeded Trajan, and traveled for twenty years, visiting the entire empire - the only Emperor to have lent himself to this exercise. In 122, Hadrian went to Spain. Childless, he first chose Aélius to succeed him in 136, but the latter died on January 1, 138. Hadrian then adopted Antonin on February 25 and himself chose Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus as Antoninus' heirs. He died on July 10, 138.

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