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Hadrian, AD 117-138. Gold Aureus (6.92g). Bare head right of Hadrian. Reverse: Hadrian on horseback right, raising right hand. RIC 348a; Calicó 1219. Elegant portrait style, struck in very high relief. Lustrous, superb; Virtually Mint State.
Possessing a most impressive and highly detailed portrait of Hadrian, this remarkable aureus was minted late in AD 128, when the emperor returned to Rome after visiting Africa as part of his provincial travels. During 12 of his reigning years, Hadrian ruled from Rome for no more than two or three years! At the close of AD 128, Hadrian and his entourage were again abroad, this time, visiting Athens.
Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.
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