Roman Imperial coin, bronze (orichalcum), AE sestertius. Struck during the reign of the emperor Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus Augustus) in Rome, 117-138 C.E. The laureate head of Hadrian faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P" on left and right of image. On reverse, the standing figure of Aequitas (the personification of the Latin concepts of justice & equality) faces left and holds scales in her right hand and a sceptre in her left with the inscriptions "AEQVITAS AVG" surrounding image and "S-C" on left and right of image.
Date range: 117-138 C.E.
Remarks: Hadrian's coins were minted in Rome, Asia Minor, and possibly Ephesus, Sardes, Smyrna and other mints.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #3573, pg 154.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|