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525622
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Sabina. Augusta, AD 128-136/7. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.46 g, 5h). Rome mint. Group 4, circa AD 133-135. Draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair falling in plait down neck / Juno standing left, holding patera and inverted spear. RIC II.3 2550; RSC 43. Lustrous, a touch of die wear on obverse. Choice EF. With a splendid portrait.


Hadrian and Sabina's 36-year marriage remained childless and the union appears to have been coldly cordial at best, although the royal couple kept up appearances and there was never talk of divorce or formal separation. Her coins adopted a simplified form of obverse legend, SABINA AVGVSTA, in about AD 133, as seen on this example. The figure of Juno Regina, queen of the gods, on the reverse likely alludes to Sabina’s position as First Woman of Rome.