Hadrian, denarius

The denarius pictured here is one of two found very recently on separate sites by Roger Paul. It’s a coin of Hadrian, whose name is associated in history with the building of a wall to protect the north of England.

On the obverse the legend reads HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS around the laureate head of the emperor. On the reverse the standing figure of Victory holds a long palm branch and is accompanied by a legend reading COS III. In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values the type is listed as number 3480 and dated to AD 127.

Valuation

The obverse would grade about VF but the reverse is weaker and has a few digs and scratches. In its present condition I’d give this denarius a price range of £35 – £45.

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