ROMAN SESTERTIUS - Britain’s rarest coin in an amazing state of preservation

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  1. SwK

    SwK Junior Member

    ROMAN Brass Sestertius of Emperor Hadrian AD 117-38

    Britain’s rarest coin in an amazing state of preservation.


    The high relief work of a master die-engraver represents the rarest of Roman & British coins struck, AD 122 commemorating Emperor Hadrian visit to Britain leading to the building of Hadrian’s Wall.

    This specific iconic Roman coin is one of the finest art works in the form of a coin and was on loan to the British Museum. A coin of Imperial Rome with an extraordinary reverse content, Hadrian is raised high on a platform with scroll ready to give an oration to the Roman legion of Britain indicated by three soldiers at its head bearing two legionary standards and a flag, as seen to the right.

    The intricate detail of the coin’s craftsmanship – particularly in terms of each figure’s dress and equipment. Behind the three legionnaires bearing the standards was the Army of Britain. Below the wording in Latin is written EXER(citus) BRITANNICVS (the army of Britain)
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  3. Bart9349

    Bart9349 Junior Member

    Beautiful coin. Great reverse. Exceptional photo.

  4. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    A stunning coin from a master engraver. Thank you for sharing it.
  5. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    What a fantastic coin. Exactly the sort I'd expect to see in the BM.
  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    It is amazing. I wonder if the BM would be interested in trading with me for one of my Constantius II? Hmmm.
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  8. Marc Aceton

    Marc Aceton Active Member

    This is one of the finest ancient coins in existence!:wideyed:
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  9. Marc Aceton

    Marc Aceton Active Member

    Maybe, I can note that this coin has a find-spot pedigree. It is coming from the the Bolsena Hoard, which was acquired by Prof. Sarati in the 1890's, which Jeff told me and asked me to forward you.

    A stupendous sestertius with complete find-spot history, what a luck one can see such a breathtaking item.
  10. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    indeed very very nice,
  11. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

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  12. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

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  13. Edward Arch

    Edward Arch New Member

    An amazing coin- priviledged to have handled an exact die match sestertius, reportedly found near Doncaster /uk many years ago. Beautiful stunning work of art of historic importance.
  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Is it likely a special issue made in Rome and shipped to Britain for distribution as favors to leaders of the army there? If so, I would not expect more than one die. Are there any known that were found outside Britain?
  15. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King

    What a wonderful example of the talent of Roman engravers!
  16. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    This is exactly the reason we love this great hobby. The "Master Engravers" are sadly missing in the modern minting facilities...
  17. Carthago

    Carthago Does this look infected to you? Supporter

    Such an amazing piece!!!
  18. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    That is a beautiful and of course very historical coin. I saw it at the British Museum in 2008 If I recall and was very impressed.
    I wonder how many examples of this coin are extant. I have only been able to find one other, apparently from the same dies in the internet.
  19. Edward Arch

    Edward Arch New Member

    Hadrian coin.jpg This is the worn coin reportedly found in the UK, next to the famous piece!
  20. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Thank you for posting the picture of the coin which was found in the UK. I looked for it was there was no reference to be found.
    It seems that makes a total of 3 specimens of this coin known?
  21. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    I am frankly captivated by the OP's sestertius. A dream coin.....

    This is the other example which is illustrated in the internet (from

    Not as well preserved as the O.P coin, but showing most design details.
    Another beautiful example.

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