Coin - Sestertius, Emperor Hadrian, Ancient Roman Empire, 119-122 AD Numismatics Reg. No: NU 22794

Orichalcum sestertius of the Emperor Hadrian struck between 119 and 122 AD, Ancient Roman Empire. Minted by Rome. Hadrian was consul for the third time (COS III on the obverse this coin) in 119 AD. In 122 AD the reference to the consulship was shifted to the reverse. The mint at Rome then seems to close while Hadrian was travelling around the empire. When he returned in late 125 a new simplified form of obverse legend, HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, was introduced. Production of this coin, based on the form of the obverse legend, was between 119 and 122 AD.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 35 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 26.73 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), McArthur Bequest, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Roman Empire
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 119-122 AD
Denomination: Sestertius
Obverse Description: Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian facing right; around, IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M [TR P COS III]
Reverse Description: Moneta standing facing left extending balanced scales in right hand and cradling cornucopiae in left arm; in field divided by the figure, S C; around, MONETA AVGVSTI
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: off-round
Material: Orichalcum
Issued By: Emperor Publius Hadrian, Ancient Roman Empire
Person Depicted: Emperor Publius Hadrian, Ancient Roman Empire
Deity Depicted: Moneta (Ancient deity), Ancient Roman Empire
Previous Collection: George McArthur, Australia
References: RIC.586 d
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Book], Edward Sydenham, Harold Mattingly - British Museum Coins and Medals, The Roman Imperial Coinage, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1972, 415 Pages

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