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    E37, Lot 63:

    Galba. A.D. 68-69. Æ sestertius. 25.82 gm. 35 mm. Rome mint. Struck autumn A.D. 68. His laureate and draped bust right; IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG TR P / Victory advancing left, holding palladium and palm; S C. RIC I 352 (S). Good Fine; bold portrait, well centered; dark green and red patina; some barely distinguishable light tooling along front of bust on obverse, and along front of Victory on reverse; two spots of old corrosion on reverse at 12' and 6'; collectors number '54' written in ink on obverse, second collectors number 'H 33' written in ink on lacquer on edge. Scarce.

    This collection of early Roman Imperial bronze was formed by an American collector in the Midwest, buying coins in the 1950's from major London coin houses. He affixed collector 'H' numbers written in ink on lacquer on many of the coins. We have correspondence dated in 1950 and 1951 with Leonard Forrer at Spink & Son, Ltd. and William French at Glendining & Co. Ltd. in London, as well as Earle K. Stanton in Los Angeles, Paul S. Seitz in Pennsylvania, and Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts in New York City.

    Galba was a brilliant administrator but David Sear writes "his strict discipline and rigid economy made him unpopular with the army" and he was assassinated in the Forum in A.D. 69. This interesting and scarce reverse type suggests that Victory had the power to bestow control over Rome (the Palladium).

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    Hadrian's support of orphans

    E37, Lot 69:

    Hadrian. A.D. 117-138. Orichalcum sestertius. 24.57 gm. 32 mm. Rome mint. Struck circa A.D. 124-128. His laureate and slightly draped bust right; IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG / Hadrian seated left on curule chair set on platform, extending hand to child held in a woman’s arms, she rests her hand on another child standing at her side; PONT MAX TR POT COS III around, S C flanking, LIBERTAS RESTI / TVTA in two lines in exergue. RIC II.3 236. RIC II 568 (R2). Very Fine; bold portrait; attractive glossy surfaces; light scattered roughness; some corrosion below bust on obverse; collector's number 'H 42' handwritten in ink on clear lacquer on edge. Very Rare. A handsome example of a difficult and desirable type, celebrating and continuing Trajan's support of orphans in Italy.

    This collection of early Roman Imperial bronze was formed by an American collector in the Midwest, buying coins in the 1950's from major London coin houses. He affixed collector 'H' numbers written in ink on lacquer on many of the coins. We have correspondence dated in 1950 and 1951 with Leonard Forrer at Spink & Son, Ltd. and William French at Glendining & Co. Ltd. in London, as well as Earle K. Stanton in Los Angeles, Paul S. Seitz in Pennsylvania, and Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts in New York City.

    Hadrian was one of "the most capable emperors who ever occupied the throne and he devoted his whole life to the improvement of the state. His rule was firm and humane and he was also a patron of the arts." (David Sear) He was a philosopher who is renowned for his "Meditations" and inspired Marguerite Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian."

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    Hadrian's 'Travel Series'
    E37, Lot 71:

    Hadrian. A.D. 117-138. Orichalcum sestertius. 26.45 gm. 31 mm. 'Travel series' issue ('Provinces cycle'). Rome mint. Struck A.D. 130-138. His bareheaded and draped bust right; HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P / Hadrian standing left, holding volumen and raising up kneeling Hispania who shoulders olive branch; rabbit between them; RESTITVTORI HISPANIAE around, S C in exergue. RIC II.3 1866. RIC II 954. Near Very Fine; bold portrait; brown patina; cleaning marks below bust; old marks on Hadrian's bust, with a few similar marks on reverse (a contemporary political statement/damnatio memoriae?). Pleasing example. Scarce.

    This collection of early Roman Imperial bronze was formed by an American collector in the Midwest, buying coins in the 1950's from major London coin houses. He affixed collector 'H' numbers written in ink on lacquer on many of the coins. We have correspondence dated in 1950 and 1951 with Leonard Forrer at Spink & Son, Ltd. and William French at Glendining & Co. Ltd. in London, as well as Earle K. Stanton in Los Angeles, Paul S. Seitz in Pennsylvania, and Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts in New York City.

    Hadrian was one of "the most capable emperors who ever occupied the throne and he devoted his whole life to the improvement of the state. His rule was firm and humane and he was also a patron of the arts." (David Sear) He was a philosopher who is renowned for his "Meditations" and inspired Marguerite Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian."

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