HADRIAN SILVER CISTOPHORUS – CERES TYPE CLEARLY OVERSTRUCK ON GRAIN STALK TYPE OF AUGUSTUS – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL PROVINCIAL COIN (Inv. 14386)
ROMAN EMPIRE. HADRIAN, 117-138 AD
Silver cistophoros, 9.88 g., 28 mm., minted at Sardes, ca. AD 128
Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, bare head of Hadrian right.
Rev. COS III, Ceres, veiled and draped, standing right, holding grain stalks and scepter.
Metcalf, Cistophori 46 (same obverses as 46,202)
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5, “overstruck”. As customary for the series this coin was overstruck on an earlier cistophorus – in this case the undertype is a cistophorus of Augustus with the sheaf of grain stalks on the reverse (cf RIC 481); the upper part of Augustus’ head is visible on the obverse, and several grain stalks are discernible on the reverse.