Hadrian, 117-138 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, Eagle, struck 118 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Hadrian
City/Region:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
118 AD (COS II)
Obverse:
AYT KAI ΘE TPA ΠAP YI ΘENEP YI TPAI AΔPIANOC CEB, Bust of Hadrian, laureate and cuirassed, seen from front, facing right; slight drapery on far shoulder; all within dotted border
Reverse:
ΔHMAPX EΞYΠAT B, Eagle standing right, on leg and thigh of sacrificial animal, facing left; all within dotted border
Size:
24.15m, 13.0g, 6h
Grade:
aEF, exceptional portrait, tight flan, boldly struck, exceptional portrait, toned, lustrous surfaces
Provenance:
From the Steve P Collection, Ex Dionysus Coins (eBay, November 2017)
References:
Prieur 156; McAlee 533; Butcher p. 91, 11; BMC Galatia [Antioch] p. 187, 304; cf. SGICV 1077 (for type)

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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. This tetradrachm was struck early during Hadrian's reign. It s closely resembles the portrait of the preceding Roman Emperor, Hadrian's adoptive father Trajan.