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)

The adoption of Hadrian.

RIC² 5. Denarius. Struck AD 117. Adoptio.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, cuirassed, right, viewed from front
Reverse: PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, Trajan standing right, Hadrian standing left, both holding globe between them
RIC² 8. Denarius. Struck AD 117. Adoptio.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P // ADOPTIO (in exergue), Trajan standing right, Hadrian standing left, both 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).

RIC² 57. Denarius. Struck AD 117. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS // FORT RED (in exergue), Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia
RIC² 60. Denarius. Struck AD 117. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS // IVSTITIA (in exergue), Justitia seated left on throne, holding patera and sceptre
RIC² 66. Denarius. Struck AD 117. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped and cuirassed, right, viewed from front
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS // PAX (in exergue), Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia
RIC² 67. Denarius. Struck AD 117. Rome mint.
Obverse:: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS // PIETAS (in field), Pietas, veiled, standing left, raising hand
RIC² 37. Dupondius. Struck AD 117. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER, Bust of Hadrian, radiate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P // CONCORDIA (in exergue) // SC (in exergue), Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting on figure of Spes; cornucopia under throne

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

RIC² 159. 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 // ADVENTVS AVG (in exergue) // S C (in exergue), Roma seated right on cuirass and shield, holding vertical spear and clasping hands with Hadrian, standing left, holding scroll
RIC² 114. Denarius. Struck AD 118. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS II // FORT RED (in exergue), Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia

The early policy of Hadrian AD 118.

RIC² 117. Denarius. Struck AD 118. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS II // IVSTITIA (in exergue), Justitia seated left on throne, holding patera and sceptre
RIC² 124. Denarius. Struck AD 118. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS II // PAX (in exergue), Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia
RIC² 161. Dupondius. Struck AD 118. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG,Bust of Hadrian, radiate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: PONT MAX TR POT COS II // ANNONA AVG (in exergue) // S C (in field), Annona standing left, holding corn ears and cornucopia; at feet to left, modius, corn ears, and poppy; behind right, prow of ship

Early tetradrachms.

Tetradrachm of Antiochia ad Orontem, Syria. Dated consulship 2 (AD 118). 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 120-121.

RIC² 450. Sestertius. Struck AD 119/20. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, Head of Hadrian, laureate, right
Reverse: RESTITVTORI ORBIS TERRARVM // S C (in exergue), Orbis, towered, kneeling right, holding globe and extending hand to Hadrian, standing left, extending hand to Orbis and holding scroll

AD 119-122.

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

RIC² 320. 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, Mars advancing right, holding spear and trophy
RIC² 541. Denarius. Struck 119-122 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Head of Hadrian, laureate, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Roma seated left, on pile of arms, holding Victory and sceptre
RIC² 385. 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 and cornucopia
RIC² 215. Denarius. Struck AD 119/122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, bare chest, traces of drapery on far shoulder usually visible, right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Aeternitas standing facing, head usually left, holding busts of the Sun and Moon
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 cornucopia 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 110. Denarius. Struck AD 119/121. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right
Reverse: Hadrian in military dress, standing left, holding rudder on globe and reversed spear
RIC II 113d. Denarius. Struck AD 119/122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Galley left with mast on left & pilot’s shelter on right
RIC II 114. Denarius. Struck AD 119/122. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right, draped left shoulder
Reverse: P M TR P COS III around, AET-AVG across fields, Aeternitas standing left, holding the heads of the sun and moon in her hands
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 and cornucopia
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 137b. 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.3 207. Denarius. Struck AD 119/20. Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder
Reverse: P M TR P COS III FELIC-AVG, Felicitas standing left with caduceus and cornucopia
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

Travel series.

RIC 324. Denarius. Struck 134-138 AD. Rome mint.
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, head right
Reverse: RESTITVTORI GALLIAE, Hadrian standing right, holding scroll, raising kneeling Gallia
RIC II, Part 3, 1519. Denarius. Struck circa AD 130-133. Rome mint.
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P Bare head of Hadrian to right
Reverse: GERMANIA Germania standing front, head to right, holding spear in her right hand and placing her left on shield set on ground
RIC II.3 1494. Denarius ( 17mm 3,31 g.) Rome, AD 130-133.
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head to right
Reverse: AFRICA, Africa, wearing elephant headdress, reclining to left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae; basket of corn to left
RIC II, Part 3 1543. Denarius. Struck circa AD 130-133. Rome mint.
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P Bare head of Hadrian to right
Reverse: NILVS Nilus reclining right on crocodile, holding cornucopiae in his left hand and reed with his right; at feet, hippopotamus

Other denarii.

RIC II, Part 3 (second edition) 2326. Denarius. Struck AD 137-138.
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P., Bare head right
Reverse: VOTA PVBLICA. Hadrian standing left, sacrificing with patera over tripod to left
RIC II, Part 3 (second edition) 1424. Denarius. Struck AD 130.
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Head of Hadrian, laureate, right
Reverse: ROMVLO CONDITORI. Romulus advancing right, holding spear and trophy

Alexandrian mint.

Egypt, Alexandria. BI Tetradrachm. Struck AD 117/18. L B = year 2 (Milne 835 – RPC III 4989)
Obverse: AYT TΡAIANOC AΔΡIANOC, laureate head of Hadrian, right
Reverse: Agathodaemon serpent crowned with pschent, enfolding caduceus and stalk of corn
Egypt, Alexandria. BI Tetradrachm. Struck AD 119/120. L Δ = year 4 (Milne 952 – RPC III 5184)
Obverse: Laureate bust right, slight drapery; crescent before
Reverse: Hadrian, holding eagle-tipped sceptre and branch, driving slow quadriga right
Egypt, Alexandria. BI Tetradrachm. Struck AD 120/1. L E = year 5 (RPC III 5258)
Obverse; Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; crescent before
Reverse: Eagle standing right; L E in field

Provincial Coinage.

Syria, Tripolis, Phoenicia. Hadrian Æ24. Year 428 = AD 117. (RPC III 3828)
Obverse: AYTOKR KAICAΡ TΡAIANOC AΔΡIANOC, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: HKY TΡIΠOΛEITΩN, Astarte, turreted, standing right, left foot on prow, holding long cruciform standard and raising hem of robe
Galilee, Tiberias. Hadrian Æ24. Dated year 101 = AD 118/9. (RPC III 3932)
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.
Cappadocia, Tyana. Hadrian Æ16. Year 20 = AD 135/6. (RPC III 2957)
Obverse: ΑΥTO ΚΑΙ ΤΡ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СЄBACT. Laureate head right
Reverse: ΤΥΑΝΕΩΝ ΤΩ(Ν) Π(Ρ) ΤΑ(Υ) ΙΕΡ ΑϹΥ ΑΥΤ / ЄT – K to right and left of club of Herakles Club
Judaea, Gaza. Hadrian Æ17. Dated CY 194 and Epidemia 5 = AD 133/4. (RPC III 4037)
Obverse: AKATP. AΔΡΙΑΝCE, Laureate, draped bust of Hadrian, right
Reverse: ΓΑΖΑ EΕΠΙΔЧΡ, Heracles nude, standing front looking left; right hand resting on club, left holding lion-skin
Commagene, Samosata. Hadrian Æ21. AD 117-138. (RPC III 3419)
Obverse: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟϹ; laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, with paludamentum
Reverse: ΦΛΑ ϹΑΜΟ ΜΗΤΡΟ ΚΟΜ; wreath

Lycaonia. Iconium. Assarion (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.16 g, 6 h). (RPC III 2824).
Obverse: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΚΑΙСΑΡ Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right, seen from behind
Reverse: ΚΛΑYΔ ЄΙΚ[Ο]ΝΙЄΩΝ Bust of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet and aegis
Ionia. Ephesus. Hadrian, with Sabina, 117-138. Assarion (Bronze, 21 mm, 4.77 g, 6 h) (RPC III 2080).
Obverse: ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹЄ ϹЄΒΑϹΤΗ ϹΑΒЄΙΝΑ Laureate head of Hadrian, on the left, facing diademed and draped bust of Sabina, on the right
Reverse: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΥ ЄΦЄCI [ΔΙΚΑ]ΙΟϹΥΝΗ Dikaiosyne standing front, head to left, holding scales in her right hand and cornucopiae in her left

Judaea, Caesarea Maritima, Samaria. Hadrian, Æ18. AD 117/138. (RPC III 3961)
Obverse: IMP TRA HADRIANO, Laureate head right
Reverse: CI F AVG CAESAR, Apollo standing left, resting left elbow on tripod, right hand extended toward upright serpent
Phoenicia, Berytus. Hadrian, Æ23. AD 128/38. (RPC III 3856)
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAI HADRIANVS AVG P, laureate, draped bust right
Reverse: Two military standards, each surmounted by eagle; in laurel wreath; COL BER below
Hemidrachm AR, Cappadocia. Caesarea. Dated year 5 (121/2 AD). 15 mm, 1,48 g. (RPC III, 3076)
Obverse: ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙϹ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤ Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: ΕΤ Ε Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm
Didrachm AR, Cappadocia. Caesarea. Dated 117/138. 21 mm, 6,51 g. (RPC III 3104)
Obverse: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟ[Ϲ], laureate head right
Reverse: ΥΠΑΤΟϹ Γ [Π]ΑΤΗΡ ΠΑΤΡ, Mount Argaeus surmounted by wreath
Sagalassos, Pisidia. Dated AD 117/138. 25 mm, 12.07 g. (RPC III 2793)
Obverse: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ. Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian, right
Reverse: ΓΑΛΑϹϹΕΩΝ. Zeus seated on throne, left, holding Nike on extended hand, resting on scepter; eagle at his feet
Hadrianotherae, Mysia. Dated AD 117-138. 25mm, 10,69 g. (RPC III 1627)
Obv: AΔPIANOC AVΓOVCTOC, laureate head right
Rev: AΔPIANOΘHPITΩN, Zeus standing left, holding sceptre and patera, eagle at feet
Attaleia, Pamphylia. Dated AD 117-138. 24mm, 8,03 g. (RPC III 2679)
Obv: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ, laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., with paludamentum, seen from rear
Rev: ΑΤΤΑΛΕΩΝ, temple with four columns within which statue of Athena standing facing, head l., holding Nike in her r. hand, l. resting on spear; on l., owl on altar; on r., shield