ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 117-138 AD, bronze as


ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 117-138 AD, as, no date (130 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: laureate bust R, HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Reverse: Clementia standing L, CLEMENTIA AVG COS III PP SC, bronze, 25mm, 11.4g, SR3677, F/VG

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Hadrian came to the throne because Plotina, wife of Trajan, said that the dying Emperor had named him, without witnesses, as heir. His first job was to finish the Second Jewish Revolt. He spent a lot of his time touring the Empire, built Hadrian’s Wall in northern England.

In the Imperial Period Roman coinage became an engine for governmental propaganda. All of the themes of the coins are celebratory of some aspect of govermental authority or achievement.