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CNG 106, Lot: 744. Estimate $7500.
Sold for $5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Hadrian. AD 117-138. AV Aureus (19.5mm, 7.10 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 134-138. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery / SPES P • R, Spes advancing left, holding up flower and raising hem of skirt. RIC 274 var. (bust type); Strack 272α; Calicó 1380 (same dies as illustration); BMCRE 732 var. (same); Biaggi 660. Good VF, minor marks.

From the WN Collection, purchased from Strand Coins, Sydney (21 November 2008).