Denarius of Hadrian, “HISPANIA”

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134–138 CE
Mint of Rome
Yale University Art Gallery: Transfer from Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University; 2001.87.5968

Obverse: On the obverse is the Emperor Hadrian’s face. It is the classical face of a strong man, with a large, straight nose, and a beard. He is also wearing a triumphal wreath.

Legend: Though one word is obvious (HADRIANUS, for Hadrian), the other is less so: AVG (Augustus) CON (Consul) III (for the third time) PP (Father of the nation). The words run clockwise from 7:00.

Reverse: The personification of Hispania reclines gracefully, holding some sort of branch, perhaps of the Portuguese Oak, and at her feet lies a rabbit. She is wearing a long, flowing dress that uncovers neither her neck nor her arms. On her head is some sort of crown, or perhaps a wreath.


This text was prepared by Christian Slayton, Class of 2015.

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BMC 843-849 (Pl.  63.10-13, 95.1); RIC 305

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