An unusual Hadrian: Provincial Hemidrachm from Cappadocia

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  1. Sallent

    Sallent Supporter! Supporter

    I was going to post this tomorrow, but given how much Turkey is on the news today, the timing seems right.

    This one is currently on its way to me, and officially coin #30 of my collection (not bad for 8 months). It's a provincial hemidrachm of of Emperor Hadrian. Very unusual to say the least. It also happens to be my first Hadrian. I was aiming for a denarius, but I think this is better.

    Hadrian Cappadocia hemidrachm.jpg

    Hadrian AR Hemidrachm. Cappadocia, Caesarea Mint

    I love the portrait of Hadrian. It is very different from his standardized Roman portraits, yet still recognizable as Hadrian.

    Feel free to share some of your Hadrians.
     
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice addition, mine is fairly recent too.

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    Hadrian (117 - 138 A.D.)
    AR Hemidrachm
    CAPPADOCIA, Caesaraea
    O: ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙC ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC CΕΒΑCΤ, Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
    R: Nike advancing right with shouldered palm branch in left and wreath in raised right hand; legend to right.ΕΤ Δ. (Dated RY 4, 120 -121 A.D.)
    13.2mm
    1.7g
    RPC 3, 3074; BMC 140f; Sydenham 255, Metcalf Conspectus 86a
     
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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Can you make out the year date following ET on the reverse? Mine is delta like Mat's but E exists.
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  5. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Well, since I'm the dealer to blame here, I'll tell you that it's delta - the pic doesn't show it well.
     
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  6. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Of the three posted so far, your bust actually comes closest to imperial style. For an interesting study in style, look at this page on acsearch, to note the variance between different celators on these types.
     
  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Hadrian...

    RI Hadrian 117-138 AR Quinarius Obv-Rev.jpg
    QUINaris

    RI Hadrian 117-138 AR Denarius Salus stdg feeding Snake Obv-Rev.jpg
    DENarius
     
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  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I like that coin and the portrait is done in good style IMHO.

    Hadrian 5.jpg Hadrian 2.jpg Hadrian 11.jpg Hadrian 3.jpg Hadrian 4.jpg Hadrian 7.jpg Hadrian 1.jpg Hadrian 10.jpg Hadrian 9.jpg Hadrian 6.jpg
     
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  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    That one was struck at Sidon, Phoenicia
     
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  11. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    All I have is this left facing denarius
    hadrian.jpg
     
  12. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I grew up summers in the Arkansas Ozarks working for my Grandfather developing property. Hard work. I remember clearing some property of trees and flushed a bunch of razerbacks. Mean critters. Cool to see and have some of these mean looking boars on coins. I don't have any from Phoenicia, so I am going to have to wrastle one of them down!
     
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  13. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I was on a night training mission in Germany in the mid 80s sneaking through a forest. We flushed a momma and her piglets and scarred the crap right out of me. I've eaten wild boar in Germany. Quite tasty (now I'm making myself hungry).
     
  14. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Good thing you were wearing camos! Kinda hid the accident? :D

    Wild boar IS tasty! I also have some wild boar JERKY in my desk... Yum.
     
  15. Okidoki

    Okidoki Supporter! Supporter

    very nice
    I think its an Delta one can see the line of the Δ
     
  16. cmezner

    cmezner Well-Known Member

    have one minted in Alexandria:
    Æ Hemidrachm
    29 x 30 mm, 15.27 g;
    Ref.: RPC III, 5802
    Obverse: ΑYT KAI ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СЄ Laureate head, draped and cuirassed bust right
    Reverse: Nike advancing left, holding wreath in right hand and palm branch in left, to left LIς = year 16 =131/132 AD
    Very difficult to take a picture, at least for me... but here it is:
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  17. randygeki

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  18. cmezner

    cmezner Well-Known Member

    Forgot to type the missing letter B that should be on the obverse. The legend on the obverse is ΑYT KAI ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СЄ(B)
     
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