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Coins of Rome about Parthia:
Hadrian (A.D. 117-138)

P. Aelius Hadrianus lost his father at age ten and was placed in the care of guardians, one of whom was future emperor Trajan. He embarked upon a military career and, in A.D. 100, he married Trajan's grand-niece Sabina. He was adopted by the emperor shortly before the Trajan's death. Hadrian greatly improved the defenses of the frontiers and is best known as builder of the great wall in northern England. He was one of the most capable emperors and he devoted his rule to improvement of the empire. His rule is considered to have been firm and relatively humane, and he was a patron of the arts.

After Trajan's death in A.D. 117, Hadrian used the title PARTHICVS, but abandoned his adopted father's conquests as too difficult to hold.


Coins in the Name of Hadrian

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Catalog Denom Inscription Reverse Type

Hadrian  A.D. 117-138

BMC 33 aureus IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA PARTH F / DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS Concordia seated L, holding pateria; CONCORD in exergue
BMC 34 aureus " Fortuna seated L, holding rudder and cornucopiae; FORT RED in exergue
BMC 35 aureus " Sol bust rad. dr. R; ORIENS in exergue
BMC 44 aureus IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO OPT AVG G D PART / DIVO TRAIANO PATRI AVG Trajan bust R
BMC 75 aureus IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG / P M TR P COS II Sol bust rad. R; ORIENS in exergue
RIC 3c
BMCRE 6
denarius PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS PP / Trajan and Hadrian stand. clasp hands, ADOPTIO in exergue
BMC 2 denarius IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC / PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P
Trajan stand. delivering globe to Hadrian stand. L
BMC 7 denarius "
Trajan and Hadrian laur. stand. facing one another clasping hands, ADOPTIO in exergue
BMC 9 denarius "
Concordia seated L, holding patera and resting R hand on Spes, cornucopiae under throne
BMC 10 denarius "
Fortuna seated L, holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae; FORT RED in exergue
BMC 11 denarius "
Justitia seated L, holding patera and vertical sceptre
BMC 13 denarius "
Pax stand. L, holding branch and cornucopiae
BMC 9n denarius IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC / PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P Concordia seated L on throne holding patera in lr. and resting L on figure of Spes on low base; under throne, cornucopiae; CONCORD in exergue
BMC 17 denarius IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA / PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS Concordia seated L, holding patera and resting arm on Spes; cornucopiae under throne; CONCORDIA in exergue See also BMC 18
BMC 27n denarius " Pax stand. L, holding two corn ears and cornucopiae, also BMC 28
BMC 20 denarius " Fortuna seated L, holding rudder and cornucopiae; FORT RED in exergue
BMC 24 denarius " Justina seated L, holding patera and sceptre, IVSTINA in exergue
BMC 30 denarius " Pietas stand. L, raising R arm; PIETAS flanking
RIC 534a
BMC 1101
sestertius IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER / DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P  P Trajan stand. R handing globe to Hadrian stand. L; S C in exergue
RIC 534b sestertius IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F HADRIAN OPT AVG GER / DAC PARTHICO PM TRP COS P P Trajan stand. R, handing globe to Hadrian stand. L; both are togate; S C in exergue
BMC 1104
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sestertius IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER // DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P / S C / CONCORDIA Concordia seated L holding patera in R and resting L on statuette of Spes; below throne, cornucopiae
BMC 1105 sestertius IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER / DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C FORT RED Fortuna seated L holding rudder in R and cornucopiae in L
BMC 1120 sestertius IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG / DIVVS TRAIAN AVG PARTH PATER Trajan seated L, holding branch and sceptre
BMC 1106 dupond IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER / DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C CONCORDIA Trajan stand. R handing globe to Hadrian stand. L
BMC 1105 var dupond " "
BMC 1107 dupond IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER / DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P CONCORDIA Concordia seated L, holding patera
BMC 1113
RIC 541c
dupond IMP CAESAR DIVI TRA PARTH F DIVI NER NEP TRAIANO HADRIANO AVG / PONT MAX TR POT COS Fortuna seated L holding rudder in R and cornucopiae in L; in exergue FORT RED / S C
C 1182 as IMP CAES DIVI NERV PARTH PONT MAX TRAIANO HADRIANO AVG / PONT MAX TR POT COS II three legionary standards, S C in exergue
BMC 1119 as IMP CAES DIVI TRA PARTH F DIVI NER NEP TRAIANO HADRIANO AVG / PONT MAX TR POT COS II Legionary eagle between two standards
BMC 1117 as IMP CAES DIVI TRA PARTH F DIVI NER NEP TRAIANO HADRIANO AVG / PONT MAX TR POT COS II S C "
ANS
1944.100.65736
AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ / ΔΕΜΑΡΧΗ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ 3 eagle stand. R, head L on leg and thigh (Antioch)
ANS
1944.100.65733
AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕ / ΔΕΜΑΡΧΗ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ Β " (Antioch)
ANS
1944.100.65734
AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕ / ΔΕΜΑΡΧΗ ΕΞΟΥΣΙΑΣ eagle stand. R on thunderbolt, head L (Antioch)
ANS
1944.100.54532
AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕ / ΤΑΡΣΕΟΝ ΜΕΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΟΣ Tyche of city stand. L on throne holding palm branch in R; to L, river god Kydnos swimming L, wreath border (Tarsus)
SGIC 1270 AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ / ΣΑΒΕΙΝΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΑΔΡΙ  ΤΑΡΣ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΟΣ bust of Sabina R, crescent at shoulder   (Tarsus) On obv. Π Π before bust. Also see BMC 21.188, 153
ANS
1944.100.54531
AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ /  ΤΑΡΣΕΟΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΟΣ Tyche of city stand. L on throne holding palm branch in R; to L, river god Kydnos swimming L, wreath border (Tarsus)
ANS
1944.100.54536
AR tetratdr " Sandan stand. R on horned lion R; he wears on L side bow-case, sword and quiver, holds bipennis and wreath in L and raises R (Tarsus)
ANS
1941.131.918
AR tetratdr " Lion L atacking bull kneeling L (Tarsus)
SGIC 1229 AR
tridrachm?
ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕ / ΤΑΡΣΕΟΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΟΣ " (Tarsus)
ANS
1944.100.65735
AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ / ΔΕΜΑΡΧΗ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ 3 eagle stand. R, head L on leg and thigh (Antioch) Also see BMC 304ff
SGIC 1225 AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ / ΑΔΡΙ ΜΟΨΕΑΤΩΝ ΠΟΛΕΩΣ eagle stand. facing, wings spread, head R; altar between its legs. (Mopsus) On obv. Π Π before bust
SGIC 1269 AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ Θ ΤΡ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕ / ΣΑΒΕΙΝΑ ΣΕΒ ΑΔΡΙ ΜΟΨΕΑΤΩΝ ΠΟΛΕΩΣ bust of Sabina as Artemis R, quiver behind shoulder. (Mopsus) On obv. Π Π before bust. Also see BMC 21.106, 14
SGIC 1237 AR tetratdr ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ / ΔΕΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ Β eagle stand. facing, wings open, on animals' legs (Antioch on the Orontes). Also see BMC 20.87, 304
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