Hadrian established, or re-established, many of the principles on which Rome’s success depended.
One of his principal achievements was to fix the boundaries of the Roman Empire notably by building the wall across Northern England that bears his name – ‘Hadrian’s Wall’.
Hadrian belonged to the Nerva-Antonine dynasty of Roman emperors: five men who became emperor through adoption rather than imperial birth. Chronologically, the dynasty consisted of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius. Niccolo Machiavelli called these men the Five Good Emperors. Machiavelli claimed that because Hadrian and the others became emperors through merit rather than birth, it meant that good and competent men consistently ruled.
This silver denarius is in Good Fine condition – clear legend around the edge on obverse, and strong detail remaining on the portrait of Hadrian.