Wife of Hadrian
Died 137 AD
Vibia Sabina was the daughter of Matidia and grandniece of Trajan. At the prompting of Trajan’s wifePlotina, the marriage of Sabina to Hadrian took place in 100 AD without the full support of Trajan himself. The families of Trajan and Hadrian were already linked in the past since Trajan’s father was the brother of Hadrian’s grandfather.
Nevertheless, Sabina was a supportive wife to Hadrian. She accompanied her husband on most of his journeys throughout the empire. Still, her marriage to Hadrian was very unhappy perhaps due to his homosexual affair with Antinous.
AE Bronze As
Two portraits styles were employed on her coinage. The first design shows her hair put up in a style similar to that of her mother’s portraits. Later, the hair style appears to have changed displaying a what one might call a pony-tail.
SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG . P. P
Traditional Hair Style
AU Aureus (7.30 grams)
Hair in Queue
AU Aureus (7.29 grams)
AR Denarius (3.42 grams)