Sestertius with bust of Hadrian

Imperial Period
about A.D. 134–138

Mint: Rome


Diameter: 33.5 mm. Weight: 25.28 gm. Die Axis: 12

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian to right.
Reverse: Hadrian standing right on low dais with praefectus praetorio behind and centurion on ground before and holding sword and virga, addressing a vexillifer, holding a vexillum and oblong shield, standing between two signifers, each holding a military standard and clipeus.


By June 1964: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction 28, June 19-20, 1964, lot 335); by May 1983: with Bank Leu A.G., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zürich, Switzerland (auction 33, Savoy Hotel - Baur en Ville, Zurich, May 3, 1983, lot 59); by 1994: Gilbert Steinberg Collection, New York; 1994: with Numismatica Ars Classica, Niederdorfstrasse 43, CH - 8025 Zürich, and Spink Taisei Numismatics, Löwenstrasse 65, CH - 8001, Zürich, (auction, Hotel Baur au Lac, Talstrasse 1, 8022 Zurich, November 16, 1994, lot 406); by January 2004: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster PA 17608 (auction Triton VII, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave., New York, January 13-14, 2004, lot 962); purchased at Classical Numismatic Group auction on behalf of MFA by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602; February 25, 2004: purchased by MFA from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour