I picked up this darkly-toned denarius of Hadrian a couple of months ago because I wanted a portrait from early in his reign. This one dates to the first year of his rule, where the use of very lengthy inscriptions on both sides - 63 characters in total for just the names and titles - seems a little extreme. A case of overcompensation, perhaps ? Hadrian's predecessor was, afterall, the formidable Emperor Trajan, and his adoption and succession after the latter's death was not without some controversy. I recall reading that it was actually Trajan who had the longest inscriptions on his coins, but I've never tried verifying this. Does anyone have an example to share? And even if you don't, please feel free to pile on with your coins with lengthy inscriptions. HADRIAN AR Denarius. 3.04g, 18.7mm. Rome mint, AD 117. RIC 8b; Cohen 1024. O: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, laureate and cuirassed bust right, balteus (sword belt) strap over shoulder and across chest. R: PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, Pietas standing left, raising right hand; PIE-TAS in field.