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Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Hadrian

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

134-138

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the head of Emperor Hadrian, facing to the right. On the back (reverse), the personification of Egypt is seated, holding a sistrum (a type of musical instrument), and facing an ibis. Egypt was the richest province of the Roman Empire and an important source of grain. The sistrum was an emblem of Egypt and used by priests of Isis in religious ceremonies.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Hadrian

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

134 CE–138 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Reverse: AEGYPTOS

Dimensions

Diam. 1.8 cm; 2.75 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.3049

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