Dupondius of Hadrian, “ADVENTVS AVGVSTI”

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Roman
118 CE
Orichalcum
Mint of Rome
Yale University Art Gallery: Transfer from Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University Gift of Jonathan Edwards, M.D.; 2001.87.6649

Obverse: Bust of bearded Hadrian, facing right, wearing a radiated crown with ribbons trailing from the back of the head.  His right shoulder and chest are bare, but drapery is visible on his left shoulder.

Legend: The inscription, which runs clockwise from 7 o’clock, reads IMP(erator) CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS [AVG](ustus), or “Imperator Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus.”  The border of dots that used to enclose the field is no longer visible.

Reverse: Roma, helmeted and in military dress, seated facing right on a cuirass and shield, holding a vertical spear (no longer visible) in her left hand and clasping right hands with Hadrian, who stands facing left towards Roma, wearing a toga and with his left hand at his side.

Legend: The outer inscription, running clockwise from 8 o’clock, reads PONT(ifex) MAX(imus) TR(ibunicia) POT(estate) COS [II], or “Pontifex Maximus, Tribunicia Potestas [i.e. endowed with power of tribune], Consul for the second time.” The reverse exergue reads ADVENTVS [AVG](usti), or “the arrival of Augustus,” and S(enatus) C(onsulto), which indicates the coin’s value is supported “by the decree of the Senate.” A border of dots (only partially preserved) encloses the field.

This text was prepared by Matt Smith, Class of 2012.

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Comparanda

BMC 1120-1124 (Pl. 76.4), BMC 1139 (Pl. 76.10); RIC 554

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