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Roman Empire - Eight Sesterces = One Antoninianus 2007

Item Code: ROM-4

Front: Hadrian - Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus; Roman coin; Coat of arms of Roman Senate.
Back: Senatus Populusque Romanus; Roman coin; Roman Trireme. Watermark: repeated pattern.

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Dimensions: 146 x 70 mm

Features of the Banknote:

  • Planchettes - tiny fibres which fluoresce under ultraviolet light or tiny iridescent foils.
  • Paper - genuine currency paper that has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout.
  • Genuine, running serial numbers - have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced.
  • Serial numbers - fluoresce under UV light.
  • Watermark - in the shape of the ionic order circled capital part.
  • Offset printing
Hadrian was the first emperor to extensively tour the provinces, donating money for local construction projects as he went. In Britain, he ordered the construction of a wall, the famous Hadrian's Wall as well as various other such defenses in Germany and Northern Africa. His domestic policy was one of relative peace and prosperity.

Trireme refers to a class of warships used by the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, especially the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks and Romans. The trireme derives its name from its three rows of oars on each side, manned with one man per oar.

On the coin we can see soldiers holding banners. Most coins found from the reign of Hadrian showed military images almost as often as peaceful ones, since Hadrian's policy was peace through strength, even threat. And roman triremes then presented same kind of threat like modern warships do today.

QUOTE: Dura Lex, Sed Lex - "The law is harsh, but it is the law."

Texts: The Roman Empire Treasury; Aerarium Imperium Romanum; Eight Sesterces; Octo Sestertii.

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