Sabina Fan Fiction

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by chrsmat71, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    I recently picked up a couple coins from @Victor_Clark , thanks for the quick and professional service as usual!

    Got a denarius of Sabina finally, one of the chicks that has been on my want list for quite some time. I've always had kind of a "thing" for her. I think if I ever write erotic time travel Roman fan fiction, I'll have me star in a fling her instead of Seutonius. I don't think Hadrian would mind that much anyway.

    Anyway, I've probably shared to much, so here is my Sabina coin.


    Sabina, AR Denarius, A.D. 128- 137

    O: SABINA AVGVSTA; Draped bust right, R: CONCORDIA AVG; Concordia seated left, holding patera and sceptre, and resting left elbow on column. 18mm, 3.1g RIC II Rome 391

    I also picked up this denarius of Trajan. I knew Trajan was her (adopted) father in law, but if I knew he was her great uncle, I had forgotten. I sort of needed to flesh out my Trajan coinage a bit, only have one rough AE to represent him. This coin cost exactly the amount of money I had left to snagged it.

    Trajan, AR Denarius, A.D. 114- 117

    O: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC; laureate and draped bust right.
    R: P M TR P COS VI P P SPQR; Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae. 18x19mm 3.2g , RIC II Rome 343

    Look for my novel, coming soon!!

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  3. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    Nice Sabina and Trajan! Now, all you need to make the drama perfect are a Hadrian and an Antinous.

    I don't have the latter, but here are my Trajan, Hadrian and Sabina denarii:

    Rom – Trajan, denarius, Victoria.png
    Trajan, Roman Empire, denarius, 101/102 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP CAESAR NERVA TRAIAN AUG GERM, laureate head of Trajan right. Rev: PM TRP COS IIII PP, Victory standing facing, holding wreath and palm branch. 18mm, 3.04g. Ref: RIC II Trajan 58.

    Rom – Hadrian, denarius, Pax.png
    Hadrian, Roman Empire, denarius, 119–122 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head of Hadrian right. Rev: PM TR P COS III, Pax seated left, holding Victory on globe and branch. 18.5mm, 3.05g. Ref: RIC II Hadrian 95.

    Rom – Sabina, denar, Venus genetrix.png
    Sabina, Roman Empire, denarius, 128–136 AD, Rome mint. Obv: SABINA AVGUSTA; diademed and draped bust of Sabina r. Rev: VENERI GENETRICI; Venus standing facing, head l., holding out apple in l. hand and drawing a fold of drapery from l. shoulder with r. hand. 19mm, 2.9g. Ref: RIC II Hadrian 396.
  4. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Very cool, here's my Sabina sestertius:
    Sabina sestertius.jpg
  5. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    I feel bad for her. She was stuck in a loveless marriage for political reasons, and unlike her husband who could play around with his young Greek lover, as the wife of an emperor she had to be the spitting image of a stoic Roman matron.
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  6. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Wow, Chris... this totally explains the graffiti I notice you have ol' gnarly. I was always wondering about that. :wideyed:


  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Lovely coins! Sabina is a character in this Ruth Downie novel!


    My latest purchase was a denarius of Sabina:

    Sabina, AD 117-137.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.29 g, 20 mm, 7 h.
    Rome, AD 128-134.
    Obv: SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, diademed and draped bust, left.
    Rev: IVNONI REGINAE, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter.
    Refs: RIC 401b; BMCRE 909 note; RSC 37a; RCV --; Strack 370; CRE 56.
    Notes: Ex Emporium Hamburg, Auction 72, lot 499, November 13, 2014.
  8. Alegandron

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

    Nice one, @chrsmat71 ! Sabina-baby!

    RI Sabina 117-137 Denarius 3.18g Venus standing right holding an apple RSC73.JPG
    RI Sabina 117-137 Denarius 3.18g Venus standing right holding an apple RSC73

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

    RI Trajan AR Denarius 98-117 Riding Horse.jpg
    RI Trajan AR Denarius 98-117 Riding Horse
  9. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    @chrsmat71 ....Nice pick ups!....
    I have a similar ' thing ' with Julia Domna:rolleyes:....Her with her scrolls and me.......................Getting back to Sabina I only have 1 at the moment, I really like the wear on this coin.....And a little Trajan to go with her..
    Sabina AR Denarius 18/19mm..3.21gr
    Obverse- SABINA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right, hair in queue down neck
    Reverse- IVNONI REGINAE, Juno standing left holding patera and sceptre.
    RIC 395a, RSC 43.


    Trajan ar Denarius 98-117AD 20mm/2.66gr (Minted 103-111AD)
    Obverse-IMPTRAIANO AVG GER DAC PMTRP laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder
    Reverse-COS VPPS PQR OPTIMO PRINC Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
    RIC II# 118
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  10. Bing

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  11. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    I read that novel recently and quite enjoyed it, I'd definitely recommend it. Sabina does indeed appear as a character, and actually has an impact on the plot. Although, as for @chrsmat71 's mention of "erotic time travel" fiction, I should warn that there is no time travel, and I would not describe the writing or plot as "erotic" (your tastes may vary, I suppose, but there is nothing in the book that wouldn't be allowed under this site's posting rules).
  12. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice coins, everybody. I really like Sabina's coins and backstory (being married to Hadrian couldn't've been easy). I am reading Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian at the moment and she hasn't been in it much so far.

    I only have two coins. Sabina is very hard to find in the bottom-feeding searches I do - once she is spotted, the price tends to go up. The worn as came in an undescribed lot.

    The denarius is the same as the OP - so I initially thought, but the obverse legend is different. There's a little green on the obverse which might indicate a fourree.

    Sabina As lot Dec 18 (0).jpg

    Sabina Æ As
    (wife of Hadrian)
    (128-136 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    [SABINA AV]GVSTA HAD[RIANI AVG P P] draped bust right; hair falling in plait /
    IVNONI [REGINAE] S C, Juno std. left with patera & sceptre.
    RIC II Hadrian 1038a (as)
    (9.55 grams / 25 mm)

    Sabina _ Condordia Den. July 2019 (0).jpg

    Sabina Denarius
    (128-136 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    bust right, queue down neck / CONCORDIA AVG Concordia
    seated left, holding patera and sceptre, cornucopiae under chair.
    RIC 399a; Cohen 25.
    (2.92 grams / 17 mm)
  13. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    Those look like CNG pictures - has anyone been able to track back the coins on that cover?
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