OTD: In 138 CE Hadrian dies of heart failure when told all Greek males under 17 have disappeared

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  1. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    In my best Sly Stallone, "Yo, Hadriaaaan!"
    That's right, 1,881 years ago, one of Rome's most fabulously flamboyant boy toy emperors dies.

    (oy, that hair... Though he did bring the beard back)

    Even though the man spent almost all his time as Augustus out of Rome and in the provincials the vacationing didn't stop him from building and rebuilding some astounding temples and structures. As well he encouraged and paid handsomely for a fierce fighting military machine.

    AR-Denarius Roma throne,
    117-138 2,86g, 18mm. RIC: 146

    117-138 CE AR denarius Rome, A.D. 117. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right / ADOPTIO in exergue, Trajan and Hadrian standing facing one another, clasping hands, each holding a roll. RIC 3e; BMC 7
    RPC 4318;

    Please post all your Hadrians or whatever floats your Antinous... I mean, boats. Post whatever floats your boats;)
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  3. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Little known fact: He was the first & charter member of "Hair Club for Men". He was forever chided for looking like he's wearing a wig (though no one would say it to his face). :D:smuggrin::eek::joyful::dead:
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  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    My two favorite Hadrians:

    Æ Brass As
    Struck 125-128 AD
    Obverse: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
    Reverse: COS III S C, lyre.
    Hadrian Semis COS III.jpg

    AR Hemidrachm of Caesaria, Cappadocia
    Obverse: AVTO KAIC TΡAI AΔΡIANOC CEBACT, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder
    Reverse: no legend, Victory walking right, bearing wreath.
    Hadrian Caesarea Cappadocia Hemidrachm 2.jpg
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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Just some of my Hadrian examples: Hadrian 7.jpg Hadrian 6.jpg Hadrian 1.jpg Hadrian 3.jpg Hadrian 4.jpg Hadrian 10.jpg
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  6. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Lol. That thread subject really gave me a chuckle. Incidentally, guess what age Marcus Aurelius (who, according to Historia Augusta, grew up "in Hadrian's lap") was when Hadrian died. Yep, 17. :D

    My two favorite Hadrians from last year...

    Hadrian - Den Concordia ex Kelly 2990.jpg
    AR Denarius. 3.38g, 18.8mm. Rome mint, AD 117. RIC 9; RSC 248a. O: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right wearing balteus (sword-belt) across chest. R: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TRP COS, Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera, arms rested on figure of Spes; CONCORD below.
    Ex Michael Kelly Collection

    Hadrian - Den Concordia Ex Meisner 3071 with tag.jpg HADRIAN
    AR Denarius. 3.0g, 19mm. Rome mint, AD 124-128. RIC 172; RSC 328. O: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate bust right, slight drapery. R: COS III, Concordia seated left, holding patera and resting arm on statuette of Spes on column at side of throne.
    Ex Cardinal Joachim Meisner Collection
  7. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    My three have passed through many hands.... sestertius, provincial and As...

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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Here's a worn-but-attractive Hadrian:

    Hadrian Fortuna Denarius duplicate.jpg
    Hadrian Fortuna Denarius Sulzer listing.JPG
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  9. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great portrait on the throne one Ryro, my favorite for portrait Hadrian is this Sestertius. Hadrian Neptune.jpg
  10. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    How about a radiate Hadrian?
    Bronze (Orichalcum) Dupondius
    Rome mint, (Group E)
    Rev: COS III - Salus, seated, feeding snake coiled around altar
    SC in exergue
    RIC 972
    28mm, 10.6g.
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  11. Alegandron

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

    I do not get off on Hadrian's coins, but here are mine:

    LIMES (cuz it is the only one I have, and the speculated use of Limes is cool)
    RI Hadrian, AD 117-138 Æ Limes Denarius 18mm 3.5mm after AD 125 Genius stndg sacrificing altar cornucopia RIC II 173

    QUINARII (cuz I like collecting this denomination...)
    RI Hadrian AR Quinarius 1.3g, 14mm Rome, AD 119-122 cuirassed laureate COS III Victory seated wreath palm RIC 108a

    RI Hadrian 117-138 AR Quinarius Victory holding palm.jpg
    RI Hadrian 117-138 AR Quinarius Victory holding palm

    RI Hadrian CE 117-138 AR Denarius Salus stdg feeding Snake.jpg
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  12. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    These 3 float my boat:

    P1140459 portraits (2).jpg P1180398.JPG sestertius.jpg
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  13. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    A very funny OP intro. I'm not exactly overflowing with Hadrian coinage...just this one.

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  14. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Hadrian, AE drachm, Nilos reclining.
    Egypt, Alexandria - Hadrian. (117-138)
    Year 127-128

    Type: AE Drachm, 32mm 24.42 grams

    Obverse: AVT KAI TPAI AAPIA CEB, Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right

    Reverse: LDW (delta) EK in exergue, Nilos reclining left upon a crocodile, holding cornucopia and reed, Genius emerging from the cornucopia and pointing at letters IS in upper field

    Reference: Milne 1269


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  15. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    No Antinous drachm yet but I'm keeping an eye out for those priced less than $9,500!!!
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  16. ominus1

    ominus1 When in Rome, do as the Romans do Supporter

    well, here's to Hadrian then...and my old G+ friend Antonius Britannia, who inspired in me more interest of Hadrians coinage..:D( the king is dead, long live the king) Hadrian dupondius and As 001.JPG Hadrian dupondius and As 002.JPG Hadrian denarious 1954 little gingerbreadman book 001.JPG Hadrian denarious 1954 little gingerbreadman book 003.JPG
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  17. Neal

    Neal Well-Known Member

    My poor Hadrian as is green with envy. (I just hope it is genuine. Got it on eBay back in 2004.) IMG_7520.JPG IMG_7523.JPG

    And also a worn denarius, also bought on eBay, so I hope it is genuine.
    IMG_9759.JPG IMG_9760.JPG
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
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  18. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    I thought Otho held that title.
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  19. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

  20. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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  21. Neal

    Neal Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I always wonder a little on eBay. I once thought I would be able to tell a fake, but then I started seeing all the treads on CT that show fakes I could never have caught.
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