My collection of Hadrian coins

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

Collected here are my coins of Hadrian from early in his reign (from AD 117 to 122).

The adoption of Hadrian.

RIC 2c. Denarius. Struck AD 117. 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 AD 117. 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. AD 117.

The change of policy which Hadrian’s accession brought with it is soon reflected in the general tone of the coinage. Hadrian’s coinage during his first two years in power was characterized by a slew of imperial 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 AD 117. 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 12. Denarius. Struck AD 117. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN [HADRIANO] AVG DIVI TRA Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M T[R P COS / PAX] Pax standing front, head to left, holding branch in her right hand and cornucopiae with her left.
RIC 13. Denarius. Struck AD 117. 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 AD 117. 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 AD 117.
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 AD 117-118.
Obverser: AYT TΡAIANOC AΔΡIANOC, laureate bust right
Reverse: Agathadaemon serpent wearing skhent and holding caduceus.
LB = yr 2
AE23 of Tiberias in Galilee. Dated year 101 = AD 119-120.
Obverse: AYT TΡA AΔΡIANΩ KAIC CEB, laureate bust right
Reverse: TIBEΡ KΛAYΔ, Zeus seated left, holding sceptre, all within tetrastyle temple, date ET AP in ex.

Hadrian’s first return to Rome in July AD 118.

RIC 554. Dupondius. Struck AD 118. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG – Bust of Hadrian, radiate head right.
Reverse: PONT MAX TR POT COS II, ADVENTUS AVG SC in ex, Hadrian standing left clasping hands with Roma seated right on cuirass.
RIC 41. Denarius. Struck AD 118. 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. AD 118

RIC 42. Denarius. Struck AD 118. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, 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 AD 118. 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 AD 118. 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.

AD 119-122

Some of the coins minted between AD 119 and 122 especially contrasted with his earlier issues. They now include symbols characteristic of the Roman military and featured a variety of militaristic deities, including Minerva, Virtus, Janus, Roma, and most notably, Victory.

RIC II 67. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Mars advancing right, holding spear and trophy.
RIC 78a. Denarius. Struck 119-122 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Roma seated left on cuirass, foot on helmet, holding Victory and spear.
RIC II 80. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Head of Hadrian, laureate, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
RIC II 81. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Aeternitas standing left, holding heads of Sol and Luna.
RIC II 90. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Genius standing left, holding patera and corn-ears, altar at his feet.
RIC II 94. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Pax standing left, holding branch in right and cornucopiae in left.
RIC 98. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Salus seated left, holding patera over altar from which a snakes rises to eat offering, left.
RIC II 101b. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Victory alighting right, holding trophy.
RIC II 120. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Head of Hadrian, laureate, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III FEL P R, Felicitas, draped, seated left, holding caduceus in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
RIC 129. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, LIBERAL AVG III below, Hadrian seated on platform distributing money to citizen in toga.
RIC II 137. Denarius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III SAL AVG, Salus seated left, feeding serpent, who is wrapped round an altar, out of patera with right hand.
RIC II 569. Sestertius. Struck AD 119-122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right
Reverse: PONT MAX TR POT COS III S C SECVR AVG, Securitas, draped, seated left, holding sceptre in right hand and resting head on left hand.