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Sestertius Commemorating Hadrian’s Arrival in Bithynia

446, Lot: 353. Estimate $100.
Sold for $355. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Sestertius (29.5mm, 22.46 g, 6h). “Travel series” issue. Rome mint. Struck circa AD 134-138. Laureate and draped bust right / [ADVE]NTVI AVG BIT HYNIAE, Hadrian, togate, standing right, raising right hand and holding volumen; to right, Bithynia standing left, wearing a crown of towers, holding rudder upright and sacrificing out of patera over lighted and garlanded altar between them; sacrificial bull between altar and Bithynia. RIC II 881; Banti 21. Fine, patina stripped, light brown surfaces, hairline flan crack. Rare. Four (4) on CoinArchives.

Hadrian traveled to eighteen provinces of the Roman Empire. This coin is an example struck to commemorate his arrival in the province of Bithynia.