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  • Ancient Roman Coin
  • Hadrian
  • Crocodile
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HADRIAN 117 to 138 AD. Laureate, Aegis, Right. Rev: River God Nilus Reclining, holding up a reed, Cornucopiae, Crocodile Below. denomination: Ć Drachm - size of Sestertius. Mint: Alexandria, Egypt. Reference: Looks similar to Milne 1571. 21.8 Grams; 33 MM, inch and three eighths. Condition: Looks Good. All my ancient coins are Guaranteed Authentic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Roman Emperor Hadrian June 23, 2010
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 Bronze Coin, which shows the reclining figure of Africa. He shows a Scorpion which was used to ward off evil spirits and thus ensure healthy crops. The Cornucopia and the Basket of Fruit both symbols of fecundity which reflect Africa's role as the bread basket of the Roman Empire. Egypt, He is shown holding a sistrum (a rattle-like instrument originally associated with the goddess Hathor and 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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