Orichalcum Sestertius of the Emperor Hadrian struck between 125 and 128 AD, Ancient Roman Empire. Minted by Rome. Hadrian was consul for the third and last time (COS III on the reverse this coin) in 119 AD. The obverse legend found on this coin was introduced in late 125 AD after Hadrian returned to Rome. The Nepture reverse only occurs with this obverse legend form. Production of this coin, based on the form of the legends and the use of Neptune, was between 125 and 128 AD (see RIC vol.II p. 317& 423).

Obverse Description

Laureate bust of Hadrian facing right, drapery on left shoulder; around, HADRIANVS [AVGVSTVS]

Reverse Description

Neptune standing facing left with right foot raised, resting on a prow, he holds a dolphin extended in his right hand and a trident in his left; in field divided by the figure, S C; around [COS III] (worn and corroded, details of description based on better preserved example)

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