Orichalcum sestertius of the Emperor Hadrian struck between 119 and 122 AD, Ancient Roman Empire. Minted by Rome. Hadrian was consul for the third time (COS III on the obverse this coin) in 119 AD. In 122 AD the reference to the consulship was shifted to the reverse. The mint at Rome then seems to close while Hadrian was travelling around the empire. When he returned in late 125 a new simplified form of obverse legend, HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, was introduced. Production of this coin, based on the form of the obverse legend, was between 119 and 122 AD.

Obverse Description

Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian facing right; around, IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M [TR P COS III]

Reverse Description

Moneta standing facing left extending balanced scales in right hand and cradling cornucopiae in left arm; in field divided by the figure, S C; around, MONETA AVGVSTI

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