My collection of Hadrian coins

  • 117 AD. Coins dated COS
  • 118 AD. Coins dated COS ⋅ II
  • 119 – early 128 AD. Coins dated COS ⋅ III without title P⋅P (Pater Patriae)
  • early 128 – 138 AD. Coins dated COS ⋅ III with title P⋅P (Pater Patriae)

The adoption of Hadrian.

RIC 2c. Denarius. Struck 117 AD. Adoptio.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, Trajan and Hadrian standing left and right holding globe between them.
RIC 3b. Denarius. Struck 117 AD. Adoptio.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, laureate head right with slight drapery on the left shoulder
Reverse: PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, ADOPTIO below, Trajan, holding scroll, and Hadrian standing right and left, clasping hands.

The early policy of Hadrian. 117 AD.

The change of policy which Hadrian’s accession brought with it is soon reflected in the general tone of the coinage. The stress is shifted from military glory to civil virtues such as Concordia (personification of harmony and agreement), Justitia (personification of justice), Pax (personification of peace), Pietas (personification of piety, dutifulness, loyalty).

RIC 10. Denarius. Struck 117 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. FORT RED in ex.
RIC 11. Denarius. Struck 117 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS, Justitia seated left, holding patera and sceptre, IVSTITIA in exergue (personification of justice).
RIC 13. Denarius. Struck 117 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse:: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS PIE-TAS, Pietas standing left, raising hand (personification of piety, dutifulness, loyalty).
RIC 538a. Dupondius. Struck 117 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER, radiate cuirassed bust right, draped far shoulder
Reverse: DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C, CONCORDIA below, Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow on figure of Spes standing left on low column: cornucopiae below seat.

Early provincial coinage.

BMC 44. Æ of Tripolis, Phoenicia. Struck 117 AD.
Obverse: AYTOKR KAICAΡ TΡAIANOC AΔΡIANOC, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: HKY (date 428 of the local era) TΡIΠOΛEITΩN, Astarte, turreted, standing right, left foot on prow, holding long cruciform standard and raising hem of robe.
Milne 835. Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck 117-118 AD.
Obverser: AYT TΡAIANOC AΔΡIANOC, laureate bust right
Reverse: Agathadaemon serpent wearing skhent and holding caduceus.
LB = yr 2

Hadrian’s return to Rome.

RIC 41. Denarius. Struck 118 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG – Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS II| FORT RED – Fortuna seated left, holding rudder attached to globe and cornucopiae
Redux means “returning”. On this coin, Fortuna Redux refers to Hadrian’s safe return to Rome from the East.

The early policy of Hadrian. 118 AD

RIC 42. Denarius. Struck 118 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: P M TR P COS II, Justitia seated left, holding patera and sceptre, IVSTITIA in ex.
RIC 44. Denarius. Struck 118 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG: Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right Reverse: P M TR P COS II PAX: Pax standing left, holding branch in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
RIC 555. Dupondius. Struck 118 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG – Bust of Hadrian, radiate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: PONT MAX TR POT COS II S C ANNONA AVG – Annona (personification of the grain supply to the city of Rome), draped, standing left, holding corn-ears in right hand over modius and cornucopiae in left; corn-ears and poppy left, at her feet; behind her at right, prow of ship.

Early tetradrachms

Tetradrachm of Antiochia ad Orontem, Syria. Dated consulship 2 (118 AD). Prieur 156.
Obverse: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC CΕΒ – Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ Β – Eagle standing facing, head left, on leg and thigh of an animal.

The early policy of Hadrian. 119-122 AD

RIC 98. Denarius. Struck 119-122 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right, draped left shoulder
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Salus seated left, holding patera over altar from which a snakes rises to eat offering, left.