Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Emperor Hadrian

A work made of billon.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of billon.

Date:

AD 131

Artist:

Roman, minted in Alexandria, Egypt

About this artwork

The Good Emperors dedicated themselves to the well-being of the people, but as the back of their coins indicate, each ruler had his own understanding of what made good government.
Although in his Satires Juvenal chided those in power for duping the populace with “bread and circuses,” feeding the people concerned all the emperors. Since Italy could no longer feed itself, rulers depended on the grain-growing provinces of Egypt and Africa to supply its food. On this coin, a figure representing the city of Alexandria presents Egypt’s crops to Emperor Hadrian.

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Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Emperor Hadrian

Origin

Alexandria

Date

131 AD

Medium

Billon

Dimensions

Diam. 2.5.cm; 13.21 g

Credit Line

Gift of Robert L. Grover

Reference Number

1980.824

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