Emperor Hadrian Brass Sestertius, Jupiter Reverse, AD 119-120

Denomination: AE sestertius

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 119-120

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: AVF

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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