Mint of Rome
Yale University Art Gallery: Transfer from Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University Gift of Prof. Tracy Peck, 1894 ; 2001.87.5960
Obverse: Laureate head of Hadrian facing right. His deep-set eyes, prominent nose, and neck simulate a stern yet soft profile. A dotted border encloses the field.
Legend: HADRIAN AVG COS III PP, Hadrian, Consul for the Third Time, Pater Patriae (“Father of his Country”), clockwise starting at 7 o’clock.
Reverse: In the center of the field a galley moving left with rowers at the oars, a superstructure, and a mast. FELICITATI (above) and AVGVSTI (below), or “For the happiness/success of the Augustus.” Five rowers and a vexillium on the prow highlight the vessel. A dotted line encloses the field.
This text was prepared by Michael Laser, Class of 2012.
Not on view
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BMC 621-626 (Pl. 59.8, 9; See also Plate 85, 86 for variations of galley type); RIC 240