Denarius of Hadrian, “AFRICA”

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Roman
134–138 CE
Silver
Mint of Rome
Yale University Art Gallery: Transfer from Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University; 2001.87.5967

Obverse: Laureate head of a bearded Hadrian facing right.

Legend: HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP (or Hadrian Augustus consul for the third time, father of our country) clockwise, beginning at 7 o’clock.  Border of dots.

Reverse: Female figure draped and reclining left, wearing elephant headdress, holding a scorpion in her outstretched right hand and a cornucopia cradled in her left arm; basket of grain at her feet.

Legend: AFRICA, clockwise, beginning at 9 o’clock.  Border of dots.

This text was prepared by Laura Moriarty, Class of 2014.

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Comparanda

BMC 811, 814-822 (Pl. 62.20, Pl. 63.2, 3, 4); RIC 299

Related exhibitions

Center and Periphery: Cultural Hybridity in the Funerary Arts of the Roman Provinces

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