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Hadrian, Denarius, Historically Important! LOOK!

Silver; 19mm/3.1gm   Rome Mint 117 AD

Con/ Soft strike to right on the obverse, otherwise, Very Fine

Obv/ IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO OPT AVG GER DAC, laureate head right with slight drapery on the left shoulder

Rev/ PARTHICO DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, ADOPTIO below; Trajan, holding scroll, and Hadrian, standing right and left, clasping hands.

Ref/ RIC Vol II, 3A rated scarce; RSC 4; Sear 3454

Seller's Note/ Why is this issue historically important? In AD 117, Trajan officially announced that the next new adopted Roman emperor would be Hadrian.

As Caesar under Trajan, Hadrian was - contrary to a deception which has lasted to modern times - never officially adopted by Trajan. Coins with the legend ADOPTIO were struck purely to convince people of his claim to the imperial title, in order to avoid civic unrest.

Vert Rare for discerning collectors!

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