Hadrian Æ Sestertius. Rome, AD 119-121. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG PM TR P COS III, laureate bust to right with drapery over far shoulder / RELIQA VETERA HS NOVIES MILL ABOLITAS, Lictor standing left holding fasces in left hand and firing a heap of papers, three citizens stand right facing lictor; SC in exergue. RIC II.3 264; BMCRE 1208.
26.4g; Very Fine. Extremely rare and of great historical interest.
The reverse inscription on this sestertius, RELIQVA VETERA HS NOVIES MILL ABOLITA, is of exceptional interest. It quite literally translates to "nine times a hundred thousand sestertii of outstanding debts cancelled".