Denarius of Hadrian, “COS III” (1)

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Roman
125–128 CE
Silver
Hood Museum of Art: Gift of Arthur Fairbanks, Class of 1886; 27.1.29324

Obverse: Bust of Hadrian, facing right, bearded, laureate. Border of dots.

Legend: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS (Hadrian Augustus) clockwise from seven o’clock.

Reverse: Seven-rayed star within crescent moon in the center of the field. Border of dots.

Legend: CO(n)S(ul) III (consul for the third time) in field.

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With his coin displaying a seven-rayed star within a crescent moon, Hadrian creates an iconographic connection to the return of a Golden Age, first represented in coins by Augustus in 19 BCE. Representative of eternity, this motif reminds people of Hadrian’s accomplishments, in turn making Hadrian himself timeless. This design dates back to the 4th century BCE, and was continuously used throughout history until its present status as a symbol of Islam.

This text was prepared by Matthew Wefer, Class of 2014

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Obverse

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    Vase in the form of a bust
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    Portrait of a bearded man
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    Red-figure squat lekythos, detail A
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    Head of a man, possibly reworked from a portrait of Nero, front view
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    Black-figure Siana cup
    Draped figure of Dionysos
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    Standing figurine of Jupiter, detail
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    Lamp in the form of a head (1)
    Sarcophagus fragment with a reclining Nereid
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    Figure 3. Hearst, Obverse
    Head of a man, front view B
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    Black-figure hydria
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    Sestertius of Hadrian, reverse
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