HADRIAN GOLD AUREUS – RARE REVERSE TYPE WITH MINERVA BY AN OLIVE TREE – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 12535)
ROMAN EMPIRE. HADRIAN, AD 117-138.
Gold Aureus, 7.11 g., 20 mm., struck in Rome, AD 119-122.
Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M T-R P COS III, Minerva standing left, holding a spear and grasping a branch of an olive tree to left, small rabbit at her feet.
RIC 70c; BMCRE 117; Cohen 1068; Calicó 1307 (S3).
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Athena and the olive tree likely refer to the Akropolis and to the foundation myth of the city of Athens, which was very much favored by the emperor. A rare emission, with only two other specimen in recent market records and these featuring different bust types for Hadrian.