As Caesar under Trajan, Hadrian was - contrary to a deception which has lasted to modern times - never officially adopted by Trajan. Coins with the legend ADOPTIO were struck purely to convince people of his claim to the imperial title, in order to avoid civic unrest. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right. AR denarius Rome, AD 119-122.
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head of Hadrian right / P M TR P COS III, Roma as Amazon standing left, holding Victory in right hand and spear in left. A magnificent specimen, struck on a broad flan, possessing a portrait of exceptional style. Hadrian, AD 117-138 ROMAN EMPIRE AR Denarius.