Sesterius of Hadrian
money, coins (money)
The coin’s obverse portrays a profile of Roman Emperor Hadrian (76-138 CE) wearing a laurel crown, signifying his victories. The coin features a small crack alongside Hadrian’s neck, indicating its extensive use. The coin’s reverse depicts a seated figure of Victory. Although their gender and identity is ambiguous due to the coin’s worn facade, their helmet and shield leaning against their chair signifies their military status, and personifies Hadrian's military victories.
Emperor of Rome
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)