HADRIAN SILVER CISTOPHORUS – SCARCE UNCERTAIN MINT ISSUE WITH ATHENA STANDING – VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 14422)
ROMAN EMPIRE. HADRIAN, 117-138 AD
Silver cistophoros, 10.13 g., 28 mm., minted at an uncertain Asian mint, ca. AD 124-128
Obv. HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P, draped bust of Hadrian right.
Rev. COS III, Athena (Minerva) standing left, holding patera, spear and shield.
Metcalf, Cistophori 118 (likely same dies ca cat 399); RIC 503
NGC graded VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, “overstruck”. As customary for the series this coin was overstruck on an earlier cistophorus – in this case the undertype is a cistophorus of Mark Antony and Octavia, RPC 2202, traces of the coiled snakes being visible on the reverse.