Hadrian, Roman Emperor from 117-138 AD, Gold Aureus (6.64g, 19mm), struck at Rome 120 AD. Obverse: Laureate, Draped and Cuirassed Bust of Hadrian facing right, legend around, “IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG”. Reverse: Genius of the Roman People standing facing left, holding patera in outstretched right hand and cornucopia in left, “GEN PR” in field, legend around, “P M TR P COS III”. RIC-11.3-195; BMCRE-273. An attractive portrait of Hadrian, portraying the emperor in quite fine style; not such an abundant reverse type that features the soul of the Roman People. Good Very Fine.
The obverse Latin legend reads “Imperator Caesar Traian Hadrianus Augustus“, naming Hadrian’s full regnal name. The reverse Latin legend reads “Pontifex Maximus, Tribunicia Potestate, Consul Tertium“, naming the various positions Hadrian held, including chief priest of the College of Pontiffs (Collegium Pontificum), Tribune, and Consul; the legend continues in the field and reads “Genio Populi Romani“, naming the Genius of the Roman People that is featured on the reverse.
Sold to a Brisbane Gentleman for $8950; a wonderful addition to a growing collection.