View Full Version : Mysterious large bronze for Hadrian
Apr 11, 2008, 04:59 PM
I can't find any reference for this large bronze of Hadrian for Magnesia ad meander, weighting 23.35 gr. It features Leto holding 2 babies on her arms on the reverse. I've shown it to several dealers with no success; anyone having seen this type before?
Apr 12, 2008, 02:33 AM
Sabine Schultz "Die Münzprägung von Magnesia am Mäander in der Römischen Kaiserzeit" 1975 lists this as No. 74 citing the British museum specimen (BMC 55). The weight of that specimen is given as 18.5 grammes, it is more worn than yours and there is some flan damage. Yours appears to be struck from a different reverse die.
Apr 12, 2008, 08:34 AM
Very nice coin. I don't collect Romans as a general rule (unless featuring a hippocamp), but the fluid movement and representation of Leto is remarkable and "Greek-like" in rendering.
Apr 12, 2008, 09:49 AM
Yes indeed, as you noticed, this Hadrianic bronze has a global rendering quite far from the traditional imperial sestertii! It doesn't really look Roman.
Apr 13, 2008, 01:53 AM
That's a beauty!!
Sorry, I can't help.
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