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Death of Trajan and Hadrian’s First Day on the Job


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August 11, according to many sources, was the day Hadrian came to power in 117 AD.

That makes today, 8/11/23, the 1,906th anniversary.







Please feel free to post your coins of the period.



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Great call and cons, DR!

Here's my latest Hadrian:


Egypt, Arsinoite Nome. Alexandria. Hadrian, 117-138. Obol (Bronze, 19 mm, 5.21 g, 12 h), year ΙΑ = 11 = 126/7. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ CЄΒ Laureate head of Hadrian to right, slight drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. ΑΡCI - L ΙΑ Head of the Pharaoh Premarres (= Amenemhet III of the 12th Dynasty, 1831-1786 BCE) to right, wearing the nemes head cloth and the uraeus serpent. BMC N73. RPC III 6296. Attractive and clear with a brown patina. Minor deposits. Good very fine.

and some of his... dad😉



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Great presentation as always @LONGINUS.

In honor of you thread I’ll post a few coins of Hadrian and Trajan that I don’t post very often.


Roman Empire
Trajan (AD 98-117)
AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 110
Dia.: 18 mm
Wt.: 3.46 g
Obv.: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
Rev.: COS V P P SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Roma standing left, holding Victory and Spear
Ref.: RIC II 115 var., Woytek 287b
Ex AMCC 1, lot 396 (Dec. 2018), Ex Michael Higley (Spartan) Collection with tag


Roman Empire
Hadrian, AD 117-138.
AR Denarius, 18mm, Rome mint, struck AD 134-138.
Dia.: 18 mm
Wt.: 3.15 g
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COSIII PP; Laureate head right.
Rev.: ITA-LIA, Italia standing left, holding sceptre and cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC II 307; BMC 853; RSC 869
Ex DePew Collection

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Here's his first issue proclaiming his legitimacy ("Adoptio"), from a mint in the east, probably Syria, right where Hadrian was at the time:


And his champion at Trajan's court, Plotina (issued in Thyateira, Lydia):


When the adoption document finally surfaced, it was signed not by Trajan but by Plotina, and was dated the day after Trajan's death.


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1 hour ago, Severus Alexander said:

Here's his first issue proclaiming his legitimacy ("Adoptio"), from a mint in the east, probably Syria, right where Hadrian was at the time:

Here's mine 🙂


HADRIAN (117-138). Denarius. Antioch. Weight: 3.05g, Diameter: 17mm.
Obv: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO OPT AVG GER DAC. Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P / ADOPTIO. Trajan and Hadrian standing vis-à-vis, clasping hands; one emperor holding scroll.
RIC² 2959.

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From the first series of denarii issued in Rome:

Hadrian, 117-138 CE.
Roman AR denarius, 2.51 g, 19.1 mm, 7 h.
Rome, 117 CE.
Obv: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, laureate heroic bust of Hadrian, right, with drapery on left shoulder.
Rev: PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, Justitia seated left on throne, holding patera and scepter; IVSTITIA in exergue.
Refs: RIC II.3 (2nd ed.) 19; BMCRE 12; RSC 875a; Strack 5; Sear --. Unlisted with this bust type in RIC (1st ed.) and Cohen.
Notes: Rare bust type. Double die match to the British Museum specimen and Heritage Auction 3063, lot 33412, 1/16/2018.

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