Emperor Hadrian Ancient Roman Silver Denarius Coin | Very Fine Condition | 1800+ Yrs Old

You will receive a coin of the same quality as those pictured.

One authentic Roman Denarius silver coin of Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138 AD).

Date: 117-138 A.D.
Size: Ranges from slightly smaller than a dime up to penny size (~16-20mm)

You will receive one (1) coin per quantity purchased. Each coin features the portrait of Emperor Hadrian on the obverse side, and a Roman god or goddess on the reverse side. 

Considered by many historians one of the “Five Good Emperors” of the Roman Empire due to his benevolent rule, Hadrian was a military leader and politician during the reign of his predecessor Emperor Trajan. While on his deathbed Trajan adopted Hadrian as his heir, possibly due to the influence of his wife, a close friend of Hadrian’s.

Hadrian’s reign was largely marked by peace throughout the Empire. He abandoned some of Trajan’s more indefensible military conquests, and built a notable wall along the northern border of the Empire in Britain. Hadrian was the first emperor to spend most of his time outside of Rome, traveling through the Empire. He brought a large team of architects and builders with him and initiated significant infrastructural improvements in many of the places he visited, along with large investments in and patronage of the arts and academics.

Hadrian had a particular passion for Greek culture (and Greek men), and his thick beard broke with the Roman tradition of men being clean-shaven. He was openly homosexual, which was less of an objection for his subjects than was his beard. Shortly before he died of heart failure, Hadrian adopted future emperor Antoninus Pius on the condition that Pius adopt (i.e. make heir) future emperors Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius. He thus ensured a stable succession and relative peace for 50 more years, until the reign of Commodus.

As with all coins we sell, we guarantee these coins' authenticity for life. Each coin will be shipped in a archival-quality Mylar flip, secured in a corrugated cardboard safety mailer. Free shipping via USPS First Class - arrives in 2-5 business days.

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