Roman Provincial (Cappadocia, Caesarea): silver hemidrachm of Hadrian, struck ca. 120-121 AD

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  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    Roman Provincial (Cappadocia, Caesarea): silver hemidrachm of Hadrian, struck ca. 120-121 AD
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    Obverse: AYTO KAIC TPAI AΔPIANOC CЄBACT, Laureate head of Hadrian facing right.
    Reverse: ЄT Δ Nike advancing right, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond in her left. (I think the reverse might be upside-down in the photos.)

    Cappadocia, Caesarea-Eusebia (now Kayseri in modern Turkey). Roman provincial hemidrachm of Hadrian, Roman emperor (117-138 AD).

    Silver, 14.61 mm, 1.7. Struck ca. 120-121 AD.

    Ex-Biga Numismatiek, Netherlands (formerly Alibaba Coins), 13 May 2020.

    While reverse of this piece isn't terrific and it has some deposits, it has a pretty good portrait of Hadrian, and I thought it was interesting. Anytime I see interesting ancient silver with a decent portrait for under twenty bucks, I sit up and take notice- know what I mean?

    This was posted here primarily for the purpose of uploading the pictures, but feel free to comment or post your own relevant coins if you like.

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I've got a big-nosed Hadrian as well :)
    Hadrian Hemidrachm 1.jpg
     
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  4. DonnaML

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    It's a very interesting-looking portrait, but I'm not sure I would recognize it as Hadrian if I didn't already know! Aside from the nose, he doesn't look like he has a beard at all, and I don't think I've seen a beardless Hadrian before.
     
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    I think the beard is there if you look closely enough, though its contours are worn. The nose is really something, though, isn't it?
     
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  6. Alegandron

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

    I always liked the smaller silver AR sized coins.

    This is one of my Quinarii of Hadrian. A Quinarius is a Half-Denarius, and on par of a Half-Drachm (HemiDrachm).

    Hadrian "Hemi" Denarius... :D
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    RI Hadrian AR Quinarius 1.3g, 14mm Rome, AD 119-122 cuirassed laureate COS III Victory seated wreath palm RIC 108a
     
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