Mint of Rome
Yale University Art Gallery: Transfer from Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University; 2001.87.6822
Obverse: Laureate portrait of Hadrian, draped, facing right, centered in the field. He is depicted as a man, although not elderly, with a beard. The coin has a border of dots.
Legend: HADRIANVS AVG COS II PP, or Hadrianus Augustus Consul II Pater Patriae (“Caesar Augustus, consul for the third time, father of his country”), clockwise starting at 7 o’clock.
Reverse: A young male warrior, facing left, on the near side of a horse, which has its front right leg raised. He holds its bridle with his right hand and grasps two javelins in his left. The coin has a border of dots.
Legend: MAVRETANIA clockwise starting at 9 o’clock; SC, or Senatus Consulto (“By the decree of the Senate”).
This text was prepared by Ned Kingsley, Class of 2014.