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Hadrian, 117-138 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AE27, SC, Published in RPC, McAlee Plate Coin

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Information: McAlee Plate coin. This coin is cited and illustrated in McAlee, Richard. The Coins of Roman Antioch. (Lancaster, PA, 2007); also cited in Amandry, M., A. Burnett & J. Mairat. Roman Provincial Coinage III, From Nerva to Hadrian (AD 96–138). (London & Paris, 2015). This coin belongs to the first of two groups of large SC bronzes from the mint of Antioch. Characteristic of this first group is that the coins never have bevelled flans and hadrian's portrait usually has a long neck: see Butcher, p. 358.
Origin: Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Authority: Hadrian
Denomination: AE27
Composition: Leaded Bronze
Date: 117-138 AD
Obverse: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙC Θ ΤΡ Π ΥΙ Θ ΝΕΡ ΥΙω ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC CEBAC, Laurate bust of Hadrian right, draped and cuirassed, seen from front
Reverse: S·C, Numeral letter AB below, within laurel wreath of eight bunches of leaves, terminating in a circle
Size: 27.18mm, 14.4g, 1h
Grade: VF, dark green patina
Provenance: Pedigreed: McAlee Plate Coin; published in RPC; ex Richard McAlee Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 246 (15 December 2010), Lot 286.
References: McAlee 536a = RPC III 3692/8 (this coin); Butcher 230; Hunter 3, 190; Waage 432; BMC Galatia -; for type, cf. SGICV 1238
General: Hadrian was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138 AD. One of the "Five Good Emperors", Hadrian continued to lead the Roman Empire into an era of prosperity, such that he was declared Optimus Princeps ('the best ruler') by the Senate.
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