Emperor Hadrian 117-138 AD, AE Roman Imperial Sestertius Coin Replica
This museum-quality coin reproduction of Ancient Roman Coinage is an exact copy of the coin held in the British Museum (BMC 1723).
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP, laureate head right
Reverse: BRITANNIA, Britannia seated slightly left, head facing and resting on the right hand; spear over left arm; foot on rocks; round shield to right; SC in ex.
Diameter: 33 mm
Born Publius Aelius Hadrianus in A.D. 76, Losing his father at the age of ten he was placed under the guardianship of Trajan, his cousin. He embarked upon a military career and in A.D. 100 he married Trajan’s grand-niece, Sabina. He was appointed the governor of Syria during Trajan’s Parthian war. He took the title of emperor in A.D. 117 after Trajan’s death.
From the British Museum exhibit of Hadrian Empire and conflict:
“His first act as Emperor was to pull the Roman army out of Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). He ruled an Empire that stretched from Hadrian’s wall in England to the deserts of the Middle East. Crushing rebellions with ruthless might. His passion for architecture leads him to create some of the most celebrated buildings in the ancient world. From the Pantheon in Rome to vast palaces and entire cities.
Marrying a woman to become Emperor, he openly loved a younger man. When his lover Antinous drowned, the empire worshipped the boy as a god. His rule changed history forever, right up to today.
Made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of coin printed on flip insert.