Hadrian embarks on his travels

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  1. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    Continuing my quest for Hadrian’s travel series, this sestertius is the first of two travel series coins that I acquired in the recent NAC auction. While the obverse strike is a bit flat and exhibits signs of wear, Hadrian’s portrait is up to his coinage’s usual high standards.

    It’s the reverse on this coin that recommends it: Hadrian starting out on his travels. The oars and rowers are clearly visible, as is the steersman. The coin's patina is darker in hand, but the lighter picture shows the details better.

    H5 - Hadrian AE sestertius Galley.jpg

    HADRIAN 117 - 138 A.D.
    AE Sestertius (23.62 g.) Rome ca. 132 - 134 A.D. RIC 706
    HADRIANVS - AVGVSTVS Laureate and cuirassed bust r., with drape on on l. shoulder. Rev. FELICITATI / AVG / S - C Galley moving l. with sail steers and [six] (correction: actually, five) rowers; standard and vexillum at stern. Below, COS III P P

    Let's see Hadrian travel coins and coins with galleys!
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  3. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Wonderful coin @IdesOfMarch01 The portrait is very nice but that reverse is superb. congrats on adding yet another beauty to that amazing collection of yours.
  4. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    There are 5 rowers not 6.
  5. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Infact the galley is going to the left meaning the emperor is on its way back to Rome. Great coin, congrats

    Here are a few of my Hadrian galleys:

    sestertius.jpg P1140459aa.jpg
  6. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    I've never seen such detail on the oarsmen! Another remarkable and carefully selected marvel for your outstanding collection :)

    I have only the two most common of his travel series denarii:

    HADRIAN. CE 117-138
    AR Denarius. 18 mm, 3.53 gm. struck CE 134-138, Rome
    Obv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right
    Rev: AFRICA, Africa with elephant skin headdress, reclining on rock, holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruit before her
    Ref: RIC II 299

    AR Denarius. 18 mm, 2.95 gm. struck CE 134-138, Rome
    Obv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right
    Rev: AEGYPTOS; Aegyptos reclining left holding sistrum; ibis standing right at feet
    Ref: RIC II 297

    My best galley and a favorite coin:

    PHOENICIA, Tyre. Julia Maesa
    CE 218-224/5
    AE 27, 12.71g (11h)
    Obv: IVLIA MAE - SA AV[G] Draped bust right, wearing stephane
    Rev: TVRIORVM Dido (?) standing left on deck of galley sailing right, extending right hand and holding cornucopia in left; to left, helmsman bending left over rudder (?); to right, sailor extending right hand and holding curved staff in left; stern decorated with a shield and aphlaston, [two murex shells] in exergue
    Ref: CNG e320, 12 Feb. 2014, lot 323 (same dies). Rouvier 2408
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  7. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    A most impressive specimen you have here IOM.

    I'm a bit challenged, galleywise : I have none for Hadrian.

    The more I can do is showing, again, my Marcus Antonius and throwing in a Postumus double sestertius fading away in the fog (probably shot in the north sea or the british channel)



  8. Alegandron

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


    RI Allectus 293-296 AE Quinarius London Virtus Galley AE17 2.3g S 13870 RIC 55.JPG
    RI Allectus 293-296 AE Quinarius London Virtus Galley AE17 2.3g S 13870 RIC 55

    RR AE Quadrans 18mm 3.6g Rome 206-195 BC Hercules R wearing lions skin pellet behind - ROMA Prow of galley right 3 pellets Cr339-4a; Syd679c

    RImp Marc Antony Legio XVI AR Den 18mm 3.4g Mil mint 32-31 BCE Praetorian Galley Aquila 2 Stds Cr 544-31 RSC 48

    RImp Marc Antony 32-31 BCE AR Legio X Equestris - Caesar Denarius B bankers mark Eagle Galley Standards


    RR C Curiatius f Trigeminus 135 BCE Æ quadrans 18 mm 4.8g Rome Hd Hercules lionskin 3 plts - CCVR F ROMA prow Victory wreath 3 plts Cr 240-4a; Syd460b
  9. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    Yes, clearly only five not six. Should have corrected the NAC information.

    Also, apparently I misunderstood which galley direction meant leaving vs. returning. Guess I'll have to get both types of coins...
  10. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Fantastic coin IdesOfMarch01, with great surfaces and detail, congrats. My sestertius. fJm69pdNC72t2wiQD5QzkF8KY3bAXp.jpg
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  11. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    What TIF said... I love the detail on the oarsmen! A truly awe-inspiring coin, Ides.

    My galley of Hadrian, on an as, going the other way...

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  12. H8_modern

    H8_modern Attracted to small round-ish art

    Don’t have this one on hand yet but from my research it’s classified as a travel series coin.


    Probably got a better deal because of the way it was listed:


    Hadrian. AD 117-138. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.46 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 134-138. Laureate head right / RESTITV TORI GALLIAE, Hadrian standing right, holding volumen and raising kneeling Gallia. RIC II 324; RSC 1247.
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  13. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Amazing pickup! Love these travel series coins...sadly I've found them outside my budget. I will post a couple galleys though:

    This was not purchased for the galley...

    Well...it's a galley prow anyway...
  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    @H8_modern: Looks like Hadrian really did some travelling. That's a space alien kneeling isn't it?
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  15. H8_modern

    H8_modern Attracted to small round-ish art

    Maybe, but I can’t tell if it’s X-files or Star Wars
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  16. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter


    Hadrian looks like their alien leader on that reverse!
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  17. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    Hadrian Denarius 125-28 AD Galley Eastern Mint
    828 P Hadrian eastern strack17.jpg
  18. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    Hadrian Sestertius Roma 132-34 AD Galley left
    855Hadrian RIC706.jpg
  19. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    great example you have here
  20. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    Hadrian Denarius Roma, 134-38 AD Galley left
    607Hadrian RIC239.jpg
  21. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    For whatever reason, Hadrians FELICITATI AVG Sestertius issue displays what must be one of the largest number of varieties of all the roman coinage.

    Alberto Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali, Vol. II.2 "Hadrianus & Sabina") alone lists and illustrates 53 (!) varieties (Banti Hadrian 337-389) for the Galley Sestertius.

    Of those 53 varieties, only 11 show the galley going to the right. If Andres2 is correct, this must mean that it was mostly the happy return from a voyage that was celebrated on the coinage and less frequently the departure.

    Hill (The Undated Coins of Rome, A.D. 98-148, p. 164) however dates the whole issue to AD 131, on the occasion of the return of Hadrian to Rome at the end of his second great journey (AD 128-31).

    Many of those varieties were struck with a single pair of dies, like my specimen, which is Banti Hadrian 380, RIC 703k (the only one with laureate head left and galley travelling right).

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