AR Denarius. 3.13g, 18.9mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 119
REF: RIC 121; RSC 601
OBVERSE: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, with slight drapery on far shoulder.
REVERSE: P M TR P COS III, Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and double cornucopiae; FELIC AVG in fields.
Very Fine/Almost Very Fine.
Felicitas was the Roman goddess of blessed happiness and good fortune.
Ex Cardinal Joachim Meisner Collection, with his handwritten tag
Cardinal Meisner (1933-2017) was a leading figure in the Roman Catholic church, serving as Archbishop of Cologne from 1989 to 2014. He was a close friend of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. After he passed away in 2017, his private collection of antiquities was auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Cardinal Meisner Foundation of Cologne.
Hadrian was a capable but complex emperor - he could be ascetic in taste, dressing simply and sleeping and dining with regular soldiers, but he was at the same time a passionate admirer of Greek culture and an active patron of artistes and architects. He began extensive building projects during his reign, not only in Rome, but in many cities throughout his vast empire. Hadrian's Wall in Britain, and the reconstructed Pantheon in Rome, and Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli are some of his most famous architectural legacies.
He was known as perennial traveler, spending more than half of his reign outside Italy. Perhaps his most well-known series of coins is the so-called 'Travel series', various types struck bearing the names and personifications of the provinces visited by the emperor. Hadrian was also well-known for his open homosexual relationship with Greek youth, Antinous, who drowned while travelling with the emperor in Egypt, and who was thereafter deified by him.
HADRIAN . AD 117-138 . AR Denarius . Ex Cardinal Meisner Collection with old tag
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