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  3. In the name of Nero Claudius Drusus, brother of Tiberius and father of Claudius (1)
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  5. Vespasian, 69 (2)
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  27. Gordian III, 238 (1)
  28. Philip II caesar, 244 (1)
  29. Trajan Decius, 249 (1)
  30. Herennia Etruscilla, wife of Trajan Decius. (1)
  31. Trebonianus Gallus, 251 (2)
  32. Volusian, 251 (1)
  33. Gallienus, 253 (3)
  34. Postumus, 260 (1)
  35. Aurelian, 270 (1)
  36. Tacitus, 275 (1)
  37. Probus, 276 (3)
  38. Carus, 282 (1)
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  40. Carinus, 283 (1)
  41. Julian I of Pannonia, October (1)
  42. Diocletian, 284-305 (3)
  43. Maximianus augustus, first reign 286 (3)
  44. Constantius I Chlorus caesar, 293 (1)
  45. Constantius I Chlorus augustus, 305 (1)
  46. Galerius Maximianus caesar, 293 (1)
  47. Severus II caesar, 305 (1)
  48. Maximinus II Daia caesar, 305 (1)
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  50. Licinius I, 308 (1)
  51. Licinius II caesar, 317 (1)
  52. Constantine I, 307 (7)
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  54. Constantine II caesar, 316 (2)
  55. Constantius III, 8th February (1)
  56. Justa Gratia Honoria, sister of Valentinian III (1)



Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 102   |   24 October 2017 Sort by Lot-NumberSort by Estimate
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Lot 513





Estimate: 20'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 16'000 CHF
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Aureus 119-122, AV 7.24 g. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H – ADRIANVS AVG Laureate head r. Rev. P M TR P – COS III Neptune standing r., with foot on prow, holding trident in r. hand and dolphin in l. C 1080. BMC 124 note. RIC 74 var. (Neptune standing l.). Calicó 1316.
Extremely rare, apparently only the fourth specimen known. An unusual portrait struck
in high relief and a very interesting reverse composition. Good extremely fine
Ex Gemini sale VII, 2011, 768. From the Dr. Patrick Tan collection.
The reverse type depicts a statue of the sea god Neptune following well-established Hellenistic sculptural models. It may perhaps refer to Hadrian’s restoration of the Basilica of Neptune (also referred to as the Stoa of Poseidon in Greek sources) in the Campus Martius. This basilica was originally erected by Augustus’ lieutenant, M. Vipsanius Agrippa, in 23 B.C. to celebrate his naval victories over the forces of Sextus Pompey at Naulochus and Mylae (36 B.C.), and also his victory over Mark Antony at Actium (31 B.C.). The building was burnt along with the neighbouring Pantheon of Agrippa during the fire of A.D. 80, and both buildings remained in disrepair until they were restored during the reign of Hadrian. Work on the Pantheon appears to have begun already at the end of the reign of Trajan, but the building was only completed and rededicated under Hadrian. The rebuilding of Agrippa’s companion Basilica of Neptune may have followed a similar pattern. Thus, the Neptune type may illustrate Hadrian’s respectful pietas towards the great deeds of Agrippa, the ill-fated adopted successor of the first Roman emperor, and to the works of Trajan, to whom Hadrian was both adopted son and successor.

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