Emperor Hadrian Brass Sestertius, Jupiter Reverse, AD 119-120
Denomination: AE sestertius
Period: Roman imperial
Date: AD 119-120
Origin: Rome mint
Obverse: Laureate bust to right, drapery to far shoulder, IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Reverse: Jupiter seated to left, holding Victory and sceptre; SC in exergue, PONT MAX TR POT COS III
Size and Weight: 34mm, 27.14g
References: RIC II.3 249
Features and Provenance: Ex Antonio Carmona Collection via Roma Numismatics.
Hadrian became emperor of the Roman Empire in 117 AD and saw it as his divine mission to keep the empire intact. When rebellion broke out in Britannia in 119, he sent 3,000 troops and ordered the construction of a wall. Now known as Hadrian's Wall. When Hadrian visited Britain in 122 it was only partially built; he never saw it finished.
Jupiter or Jove was the Roman god of the sky and thunder, and the king of the gods. In Greek mythology he is known as Zeus. Romans believed themselves to be superior due to their reverence for Jupiter, so much so, that when Camillus, a high ranking official and hero, drove a quadriga (chariot) of four white horses, he was exiled, as this honour was reserved for Jupiter himself.
Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between
Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear
Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear
Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn
Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible
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