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191, Lot: 266. Estimate $100.
Sold for $81. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Quadrans (15mm, 2.20 g, 12h). Dardanian mines issue. Struck circa AD 119-138. Helmeted and draped bust of Roma right / DARDA-NICI, female figure standing left, holding grain ears and lifting hem of skirt. RIC II 1016 (Hadrian); Simic and Vasic 8. VF, brown patina.

From the J. S. Wagner Collection.

Under Trajan and Hadrian several series of bronze quadrantes were struck in the names of the imperial mines in Noricum, Dalmatia, Pannonia and Moesia (Dardania). These operations supplied metal for the mint at Rome, and perhaps were the sites of workshops to produce coinage for local circulation or as donatives. Some scholars believe these pieces were struck at Rome itself, and served some unidentified function, much as the contemporary "nome" coinage struck at Alexandria in Egypt. Whatever the circumstances, these pieces saw limited use, and, except for one rare type struck by Marcus Aurelius, were not issued at any other period.