HADRIAN SILVER CISTOPHORUS – DIANA EPHESIA TYPE OVERSTRUCK ON CAPRICORN TYPE OF AUGUSTUS – VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL PROVINCIAL COIN (Inv. 14387)
ROMAN EMPIRE. HADRIAN, 117-138 AD
Silver cistophoros, 10.77 g., 28 mm., minted at Ephesus, ca. AD 138
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head of Hadrian right.
Rev. DIANA EPHESIA, cult figure of Diana Ephesia standing within a tetrastyle temple.
Metcalf, Cistophori 8
NGC graded VF, Strike 4/5, 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, almost certainly the type featuring a capricorn within a laurel wreath on the reverse (RIC 477); parts of the undertype’s wreath remain visible on the obverse of the coin, curiously aligning with Hadrian’s head and making the portrait appear laureate.