RPC III, 6568


Image of specimen #3


Coin type
Volume III
Number 6568
Province Uncertain
Region Uncertain
City Uncertain
Reign Hadrian
Person (obv.) Hadrian (Augustus)
Person (rev.) Hadrian (Augustus)
Issue Bronze coinage
Obverse inscription HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Nominative Hadrianus Augustus
Obverse design laureate bust of Hadrian, r.
Reverse inscription ADVENTVS AVGVSTI, COS III P P (in ex.)
Reverse design Hadrian, in military dress, with cloak floating behind, on horse prancing l., raising his r. hand and holding spear in l.
Metal Æ
Average diameter 31 mm
Reference BMC 1433
Specimens 4 (1 in the core collections)
Die-links 1–2: same pair of dies. 1–3: same obv. die. 3–4: same rev. die as 6567/3.
Note 6567 and 6568 which form one group, as die identities prove, look like small medallions, of the size of dupondii. They lack the SC formula and their metallic content (at least for the L specimen which has been analysed) is not orichalcum, but high tin bronze (Sn 17.7%; Pb 9.8%: unpublished analysis by Q. Wang, British Museum). This suggests that they were not struck in Rome but elsewhere. It is then difficult to resist the idea that they were struck in the East and that the Adventus reverse design links them with Hadrian’s journeys. The obverse style seems to link them to the Ephesian cistophori (compare with RPC 1328-1349) and Ephesian bronzes (see Bellesia, loc. cit., p. 13). Anomalous denarii of Hadrian, which diverge stylistically from both the mint of Rome and Antioch, are also of a similar style as some of the cistophori of Hadrian . See also General Introduction, chapter 4.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     O: Christ Church
2 2     Gorny & Mosch 220, 11 Mar. 2014, lot 1665
3 3     ✸ Bellesia coll.
4 4     Yale: ILE 2013.17.108 ex CNG MBS 43, 24 Sept. 1997, lot 1979