Sestertius of Hadrian, “MAVRETANIA”

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134–138 CE
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.

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BMC 1758-1768 (Pl. 95. 4-7); RIC 859

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