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Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 728

Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ As (26mm, 9.98 g, 6h). Rome mint. Group 8, circa AD 129-130.


Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I
Lot: 728.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Sold For $ 3 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ As (26mm, 9.98 g, 6h). Rome mint. Group 8, circa AD 129-130. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right / FELICITA TI ΛVG, Galley left over waves with five rowers; at prow, mast and sail; at stern, aquila, vexillum, acrostolium, and arch over gubernator. RIC II.3 1301; RIC II 719; Strack 837ζ; cf. BMCRE 1458. Glossy dark brown surfaces, a few minor cleaning marks. Good VF.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Gorny & Mosch 233 (6 October 2015), lot 2363.

Between the years AD 119 and 136, the emperor Hadrian travelled throughout the Roman Empire, visiting various provinces to take stock of his inheritance and calm the disquiet which had arisen in the later years of Trajan’s reign. His travels can be divided into two major episodes. The first tour was designed to shore-up Rome’s northern borders and began sometime around AD 119 when Hadrian first visited the provinces of Gaul and Germania Inferior and Superior. The emperor then crossed the Channel to Britannia where, during his stay, construction began on a 73-mile long wall across the north of the province. In AD 122-123, Hadrian spent time in Hispania, then travelled East to Asia Minor. The remainder of this first tour was spent in the Balkans and Greece, touring such areas as Dacia and Achaea, before returning to Rome, via Sicily, in AD 126.

Hadrian’s second tour began in AD 128, when he set out on a short tour of the provinces of Africa and Mauretania. Returning for a brief stay in Rome, Hadrian then went again to Asia Minor, and continued into the Levant. In AD 130, Hadrian moved on to Egypt, where he visited Alexandria. It was while Hadrian was on tour in Egypt that his favorite, Antinoüs, mysteriously drowned in the Nile. The Bar Kochba revolt in Judaea forced Hadrian to remain in the region until AD 135. In AD 136, Hadrian returned to Italia, ending his long travels.

Inasmuch as Hadrian traveled to some of the eighteen provinces by ship, the present reverse type is related to Hadrian’s famous “travel series”.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part II will be held Wednesday morning, 15 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.