Sestertius of Hadrian, “RESTITVTOR ORBIS TERRARVM”

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119–121 CE
Mint of Rome
Yale University Art Gallery: Transfer from Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University; 2001.87.6672

Obverse: A laureate portrait of Hadrian, bearded, facing right. Border of dots.

Legend: IMP CAESAR TRAIANUS HADRIANUS AUGPMTRPCOS III (Imperator Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus Pontifex Maximus with tribunician power, consul for the third time), clockwise, from 7:00.

Reverse: Togate figure standing, laureate, holding his toga in his left hand, his right hand extended toward a kneeling figure who wears a crown and a cloak flowing out behind. The figure holds a globe and reaches up towards the standing figure, their hands touching. Border of dots.

Legend: RESTITVTORI ORBIS TERRARVM (to the restorer of the world), clockwise, from 7:00. In exergue, S.C., or “by decree of the Senate.”

This text was prepared by Will Connolly, Class of 2014.

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BMC 1212; RIC 594

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