Though the number of American coins showing historical women is
notably limited, ancient Roman coins are a series known for featuring an
abundance of female figures.
Many of the women on the Roman coins were placed there because of a
familial relationship to the ruler, but women certainly had a place in
this most public of media nearly 2,000 years ago.
One such coin, depicting Sabina, the wife of Hadrianus, was sold in Schulman B.V.’s July 3 sale.
The circa A.D. 128 to 136 silver denarius of Rome features the
ruler’s wife on the obverse and Concordia, seated, on the reverse.
Sabina was the daughter of Salonia Matidia and a grandniece of Trajan.
She married Hadrian in A.D. 100. She accompanied him on most of his
journeys but their marriage was an unhappy one. She was granted the
title of Augusta in A.D. 128 and died in A.D. 136, preceding her
husband by about 18 months.
A special coinage, including this piece, was issued to commemorate
Graded Nearly Very Fine by the auction house, the coin realized €72
(about $79.71 U.S.), including the 20 percent buyer’s fee.
To learn more results of the sale, visit the firm website.
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