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Hadrian

P. Aelius Hadrianus
Augustus (AD 117-138)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Hadrian was the cousin of his predecessor Trajan and married to Trajan's grand niece, Sabina. His succession, in AD 117, however, was rumoured to be the result of plotting by Plotina (Trajan's wife). It is possible that she hid the fact that Trajan had died until Hadrian was formally adopted. Hadrian certainly was of a different calibre than Trajan, and quickly relinquished Trajan's new conquests in Armenia and Parthia. Having secured the borders peacefully, Hadrian twice toured the provinces and was responsible for many improvements throughout the Empire, including Hadrian's Wall in northern Britannia. Towards the end of his reign he was faced with a serious revolt by the Jews in Palestina, which was successfully repressed. He forbade the Jews from entering Jerusalem and planted a new colony called Aelia Capitolina there instead. Hadrian initially groomed a successor in Lucius Aelius, despite his dubious character, but he died early in AD 138. In his place, a month later, Hadrian appointed Antoninus, soon to be called 'Pius', a wealthy Senator of good reputation. Hadrian died after a long illness on July 10th AD 138


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Hadrian

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Coins of Hadrian currently available

Hadrian, Alexandria
Bronze hemidrachm issued AD 133/134.
Obv: Laureate bust right.
Rev: Demeter and Euthenia standing facing, IH between.
Fair-Fine   |   AUD $55.00
Hadrian, Alexandria
Bronze hemidrachm issued c. AD 133.
Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: Nilus reclining.
Good Fine   |   AUD $120.00
Hadrian
Silver denarius issued AD 119.
Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: PM TRP COS III, Fortuna seated left holding rudder and cornucopiae (FORT RED in ex.).
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $190.00
Hadrian
Silver denarius issued AD 126-128.
Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS PP, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: COS III, Roma seated right holding sceptre.
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $200.00