Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. > Buy or Bid Sale 226Auction date: 13 February 2024
Lot number: 180

Price realized: Unsold
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Hadrian. Sestertius; Hadrian; 117-138 AD, Rome, c. 132 AD, Sestertius, 23.11g. Strack-757 pl. XIII (rev. only, same die as ours), C-70 (20 Fr.), BM-1666 note. Obv: HADRIANVS - AVG COS III P P Bust laureate, draped r., seen from side. Rx: ADVENT - VI A[VG MAVR]ETANIAE on l. and r., S C in exergue, Hadrian raising r. hand in greeting stands r. before altar at which Mauretania sacrifices from patera, she wears drapery to feet and an elephant-skin headdress and also holds two wheat stalks in l. arm, a sacrificial bull emerges from behind her and falls towards altar. Ex Curtis L. Clay Collection; ex Triskeles 190, 19 Dec. 2013, 190. The female on reverse wearing long rather than short dress and holding wheat ears rather than vexillum matches Africa rather than Mauretania; probably the engraver mislabeled her.. Fine / VF

Estimate: 500 USD