ROMAN EMPIRE. HADRIAN, 117-138 AD
Silver cistophorus, 10.68 g.
Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate bust of Hadrian right.
Rev. COS III, Athena standing left, holding spear and patera.
Metcalf 118, listing 15 specimens.
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, OVERSTRUCK. The coin is overstruck on a cistophorus of Marc Antony and Octavia (RPC 2202), with substantial sections of the undertype visible on the reverse, in particular the lower part of the snake’s coils as the original design is oriented towards nine o’clock. On the obverse there are traces of the Antony legend, visible and obscuring to some extent Hadrian’s name.