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Dupondius Hadrian - Dacia


HADRIAN. Æ Dupondius. Roma, Circa 134-138 AD. Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Draped bust left Rev. DACIA SC Dacia seated left on rock, holding standard and curved sword. RIC 850, C. 531v (bare head left) At the end of Hadrian's reign he produced an extensive series of coins bearing personifications of the provinces of the Empire, either alone or with Hadrian as adventus or as restitutor. These commemorate his visits and benefactions and the complete group includes Achaia, Aegyptos, Africa, Alexandria, Asia, Gallia, Germania, Hispania, Italia, Macedonia and Nilus. The issues for Egypt (including Alexandria and Nilus) are the most extensive, very possibly because of the connection with Antinoos. The late date for these coins, Hill dates them all to 136, despite the fact that the trips took place much earlier in his reign, is probably to be associated with the festivities marking the 25th anniversary of his accession to the throne. Rare. Untouched natural tellow-green patina.

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Hill's (and Strack's) dating of Hadrian's Travel Series is incorrect. That series, as shown by die links on the aurei and other evidence, certainly fell at the very BEGINNING of the issue characterized by the obv. legend HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P. Assuming a fairly constant volume of denarius production year by year from 128 to 138, that H A COS III P P issue will have begun c. 130-131, which will accordingly also be the correct date for the Travel Series.
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