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.