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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 119-125 AD Hadrian Silver Denarius Hilaritas RIC II 126 Extremely Fine

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 119-125 AD Hadrian Silver Denarius Hilaritas RIC II 126 Extremely Fine

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Struck for the celebration of a particular event, or the prosperity of Hadrian's reign.

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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 119-125 AD Hadrian Silver Denarius Hilaritas RIC II 126 Extremely Fine

Emperor: Hadrian

Obverse: Laureate bust of Hadrian right. Legend: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG

Reverse: Hilaritas standing, legend around. Legend: P M TR P-COS III

Reference Numbers: RIC II 126

Diameter: 19.17mm Weight:2.98g Metal: Silver

Condition: about EF


Struck for the celebration of a particular event, or the prosperity of Hadrian's reign.

The reign of Hadrian was a period of transition for the Roman empire - his decision to safeguard Rome against attack from the north put an end to over two hundred years of expansion, and turned the empire’s focus on peace & prosperity within. The major legacy of Hadrian’s reign is arguably the stone wall erected in the north of Britain, intended to keep out invading “barbarians” from the area now known as Scotland.

Hadrian is described by some as being aloof and mercurial in his temperament, decisive in forming and executing policy, indefatigable in visiting his lands and armies.

His journeys and inflexible supervision of Imperial administration earned him enemies as well as friends, his arrival in Africa coincided with the finish of a 5-year drought, but his accession was marred by the murder of four senators likely to have opposed his policies.

The reverse of this coin features Hilaritas - the Roman Goddess of rejoicing. Although coins featuring Hilaritas were often struck in celebration of specific events, they were also released to imply celebration generally.

The coin has an attractive patina, has been well engraved, and has stacks of eye appeal.