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Lot 514





Estimate: 25'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 20'000 CHF Price realized: 49'000 CHF
Aureus 134-138, AV 7.27 g. HADRIANVS – AVG COS III P P Laureate and draped bust l. Rev. AEGYPTOS Egypt reclining l., holding sistrum in r. hand and resting l. arm on basket around which coils snake; in l. field, ibis standing r. C 98. BMC 796 note. RIC 296j. Calicó 1186 (this obverse die).
Very rare and in unusually fine condition for the issue. An elegant portrait of
fine style and an interesting reverse composition. Extremely fine
Ex Peus sale 401, 2010, 548.
Hadrian was an enigmatic figure composed of equally good and bad qualities. At times he could be incredibly cruel and calculating, like when early in his reign he executed several ex-consuls for allegedly conspiring against the throne, even though upon his accession he had promised never to execute a member of the senatorial order. At other times, he showed great sophistication in his understanding of the needs of the Empire. To start, he reverted the expansionist policies of his predecessor Trajan by pulling back some of the more ambitious borders, and then better fortifying them. He also made a virtual career of traveling throughout the provinces to administer his rule first-hand, which clearly had many positive effects. Hadrian commemorated his travels by issuing coins with types that allegorically depict the provinces, such as this aureus, which shows the reclining figure of Aegyptos. He is shown holding a sistrum (a rattle-like instrument originally associated with the goddess Hathor which was used to ward off evil spirits and thus ensure the health of crops) and resting against a basket, both symbols of fecundity which reflect Egypt’s role as the bread basket of the empire.

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