Mint of Rome
Yale University Art Gallery: Transfer from Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University; 2001.87.6604
Obverse: The coin depicts a portrait of the Emperor Hadrian facing right, wearing laurels and a full beard. A border of small circles is still visible around portions of the coin.
Legend: HADRIANUS AVG COS III PP, Hadrianus Augustus, Consul for the third time, Pater Patriae (father of his country).
Reverse: A female figures is shown reclining with flowing robes wrapping around her outstretched legs and a serpent by her side. Her left arm rests behind her on what may be a basket, and her raised right hand displays a Sistrum used in religious worship. An Ibis bird perches at the feet of the figure, gazing in the direction of her face.
Legend: AEGYPTOS, or Egypt, in the field above the figure, clockwise from 9:00.
This text was prepared by Charles Smith, Class of 2012.