Obv: Bare head right “HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P”
Rev: Roma standing left holding Victory and spear “ROMA”
Metal: Silver 3.45 grams; 18 mm in diameter
Condition: Extremely Fine
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History of Hadrian
Hadrian born 24 Jan 76 AD ÔÇô died 10 Jul 138 AD; was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. He rebuilt the Pantheon, constructed the Temple of Venus in Rome. He decided that Rome had expanded enough and should protect its existing borders including building Hadrian’s Wall in Britain. Hadrian was regarded by some as a humanist and was philhellene in most of his tastes. He is one of the five good emperors that ruled at Rome’s Peak ÔÇťPax RomaÔÇŁ. During his reign, Hadrian traveled to nearly every province of the Empire. An ardent admirer of Greece, he sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire and ordered the construction of many opulent temples in the city. He used his relationship with his Greek lover “Antinous” to underline his philhellenism and led to the creation of one of the most popular cults of ancient times. He spent extensive amounts of his time with the military; he usually wore military attire and even dined and slept amongst the soldiers. He ordered military training and drilling to be more rigorous and even made use of false reports of attack to keep the army alert.