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 (Denarii are collected in chronological order, 1900 years after they were minted).

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 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, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia. 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
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 cornucopia 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
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: cornucopia below seat

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 cornucopia

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 cornucopia 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, draped, standing left, holding corn-ears in right hand over modius and cornucopia 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 (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 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 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, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, left
Reverse: P M TR P COS III, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand and cornucopia 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 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

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

City coins.

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 3417)
Obverse : ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟϹ; laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, with paludamentum
Reverse : ΦΛΑ ϹΑΜΟ ΜΗΤΡΟ ΚΟΜ; wreath
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