Sabina Augusta, 128-136 AD


ID Number: AC04-0201
Category: Ancient Coins
Description: SABINA Augusta, 128-136/7 AD (Wife of Publius Aelius Hadrianus)
Country or State: Roman Empire
Year: Struck circa 134-136 AD
Head of State/Ruler: Publius Aelius Hadrianus (14th Emperor of the Roman Empire)
Reign: 10 August 117 – 10 July 138 AD
Currency: Silver Denarius
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Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right, hair bound in queue down back
Obverse Legend: SABINA AVGVSTA
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Reverse: Concordia standing left, leaning on draped column, holding patera and double cornucopiae
Reverse Legend: CONCOR-DIA AVG
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Edge: Irregular
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Composition: Silver (Ag)
Diameter: 17.0 mm (irregular)
Weight: 3.2 grams
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Other Catalog Number: RIC II 390 (Hadrian);  BMCRE 929 (Hadrian); RSC 3a
State of Conservation: Extremely Fine (XF), reddish hoard patina
Rarity: Very Rare

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While Sabina’s mother, Matidia, may have been quite fond of Hadrian, the same cannot be said of his wife Sabina. Their marriage in 100 essentially guaranteed Hadrian as successor to Trajan, but it did not bring with it domestic bliss. Hadrian was a flagrant adulterer, both with married women and handsome youths such as his favourite companion, the Bithynian youth Antinoüs.

Hadrian, however, would not tolerate such behaviour from his wife; in 121 or 122 he dismissed his praetorian prefect Septicius Clarus and the historian Suetonius, both court officials with whom Sabina had developed close relationships.

After an unpleasant thirty-six year marriage, Sabina died in 136 or 137. It was widely rumoured that her husband, knowing that his death was not far off, either poisoned her or forced her to commit suicide.