Hadrian Silver Denarius Fine

Hadrian was one of the most able and conscientious of the Roman Emperors. He spent his reign visiting the vast majority of his provinces. His most famous work was Hadrian’s Wall, the largest Roman monument anywhere in the world! We offer a Silver Denarius of Hadrian in Fine condition showing his bust on the obverse with various reverses.
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SKU: AHD0016
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DynastyFive Good Emperors
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Geta Denarius Very Fine_obv

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