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Sabina, Augusta 128 - c. 136 A.D., Wife of Hadrian

Vibia Sabina was the wife of Emperor Hadrian, and a grand-niece of Trajan. They had an unhappy marriage and no children. Although she accompanied Hadrian on his many travels, he ignored her and had numerous affairs with both men and women. Sabina had an affair with Suetonius, Hadrian's secretary, in 119. Sabina is said to have remarked that she had taken steps to see she never had children by Hadrian because they would "harm the human race." She may have once aborted a child of theirs. Sabina died in 136 or 137 A.D., perhaps of natural causes or perhaps poisoned by Hadrian.


Sabina, Augusta 128 - c. 136 A.D., Wife of Hadrian, Amphipolis, Macedonia

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Plotina was the wife of Trajan, married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100, Trajan awarded her with the title of Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. Plotina did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of Trajan. Plotina died in 129 A.D.
RP83496. Bronze AE 25, RPC Online III 655 (8 spec.); BMC Macedonia p. 56, 103; Varbanov 3186 (R5); SNG Evelpidis 1171; Lindgren 987; SNG Cop -; SNG ANS -; SNG Hunterian -, VF, green patina, tight flan, some corrosion and scratches, reverse off center, centration dimples, weight 12.382 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, 128 - c. 136 A.D.; obverse CABEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right wearing stephane, pellet within crescent with horns up left below chin; reverse AMΦIΠOΛTWN, Tyche seated left on high back throne, wearing turreted crown, patera in right hand; rare; $205.00 (174.25)


Sabina, Augusta 128 - c. 136 A.D., Wife of Hadrian, Ankyra, Phrygia

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Ankyra, the chief city of the district Abbaitis in western Phrygia, should not be confused with Ankyra in Galatia, the modern capital of Turkey. Ankyra in Phrygia was probably the second century B.C. mint city of the coins reading MYΣΩN ABBAITΩN. After a long interval Ancyra begins again to strike quasi-autonomous and Imperial coins from the reign of Nero, when the town bore for a time the name of Julia (inscription, IOYΛIEΩN ANKYPANΩN), until the time of Philip.
RP87411. Bronze AE 20, RPC III 2541; SNGvA 3433; SNG Mnchen 94; SNG Tbingen 3942; SNG Leypold 1426; SNG Lewis 1513; BMC Phrygia p. 62, 23; Weber 7020, Lindgren-Kovacs 885, VF, brown tone, weight 4.294 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Phrygia, Ankyra mint, 128 - c. 136 A.D.,; obverse CABEINA CEBACTH, draped bust of Sabina right; reverse ANKYPANΩN, cult statue of Ephesian Artemis, arms extended with supports, flanked by two stags; ex Nomos Obolos 10, lot 300; $140.00 (119.00)


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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Harpocrates was the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality in the Hellenistic religion developed in Ptolemaic Alexandria. When the Greeks under Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, they adapted and transformed the Egyptian child sun god Harpa-Khruti (Horus the Child) into Harpocrates. To the Egyptians, a finger to the lips was simply a gesture indicating childhood, but the Greeks mistook it as a hush for silence.
RX87471. Bronze obol, cf. Geissen 1246; Dattari-Savio 1739; SNG Cop 416; BMC Alexandria 764 (no L); Kampmann-Ganschow 32.774; Milne 1575; Emmett 1161/22, F, obverse slightly off center, scratches, bumps, light corrosion, weight 3.138 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 137 - 10 Jul 138 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC TPA A∆PIANOC CEB (or similar), laureate bust left (slight drapery?); reverse bust of Harpokrates right, wearing hemhem crown, himation on far shoulder, pomegranate before, K/L-B (year 22) across field; $95.00 (80.75)







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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