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118 NGC Ch XF Hadrian Roman Empire Denarius Aeternitas COS DES III (23101401C)

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  • Choice Extremely Fine Emperor Hadrian Roman Empire silver denarius coin.
  • 3.44g, 18mm, RIC 48, RSC 129.
  • Certified by NGC to Ch XF.
  • Lustrous surfaces.
  • Struck in the later part of 118 CE (COS DES III), appearing on only 5 reverse types.
  • The majority of Hadrian's coinage can not be precisely dated due to lack of specificity in the Imperial titles.
  • Superb portrait of Hadrian and amazing detailed depiction of Aeternitas and heads of Sun and Moon!
  • Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder.
  • Reverse: P M TR P COS DES III, AET AVG in field, Aeternitas standing left holding heads of Sun and Moon.
  • Aeternitas was the divine personification of eternity. She was particularly associated with Imperial cult as a virtue of the deified emperor (divus). Aeternitas is usually depicted as a veiled woman holding sceptre, globe, and phoenix, or the sun and moon (referring to eternity).
  • This type is certainly associated with the deification of Hadrian's adopted Father, Emperor Trajan.