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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 655

Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Sestertius (32.5mm, 26.60 g, 12h). “Travel series” issue (“Provinces cycle”) – Adventus type. Rome mint. Struck circa AD 130-133.

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 655.
 Estimated: $ 1 500

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Sold For $ 1 600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Sestertius (32.5mm, 26.60 g, 12h). “Travel series” issue (“Provinces cycle”) – Adventus type. Rome mint. Struck circa AD 130-133. Bareheaded and draped bust right / ADVENTVI AVG IVDAEAE, S C in exergue, Hadrian standing right, raising right hand and holding volumen in left, facing Judaea standing left, holding patera in right hand and acerrum in left; at her feet, one small child stands to her left and right; between them, lighted altar; victim (bull) at foot of altar. RIC II.3 1769; Banti 37; Hendin 1604a. Brown-green patina, rough surfaces, smoothing, scratches, flan crack. VF. Rare.

Hadrian made a brief visit to Judaea circa AD 130, during his second great provincial tour of AD 129-132. Prior to his arrival, rumors spread among the Jews that he intended to rebuild Jerusalem and the great Temple, destroyed during the Jewish War of AD 66-73, so he was at first warmly welcomed. However, Hadrian decided to rebuild the city as the Roman veteran colony of Aelia Capitolina, with a temple to Jupiter replacing the one once dedicated to Jehovah. This ultimately sparked the bloody Bar Kokhba Revolt of AD 132-135, which devastated the province and darkened Hadrian’s final years. The rare coinage issued to mark his visit, with the legend ADVENTVS AVG IVDAEA (”the Emperor Enters Judaea”) depicts Hadrian being greeted by a female personification of the province and two children. Judaea was renamed Syria Palaestina in response to the Bar Kochba conflict, though precisely when this occurred is not known.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 16 September 2020 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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