AR Denarius of Hadrian
money; coins (money)
This coin, struck during the beginning of the reign of Emperor Hadrian, pictures a portrait of the general turned emperor crowned with a laurel on the obverse. Fitting for an emperor that spent half his rule outside of Rome, the reverse shows the goddess Fortuna Redux holding her customary cornucopia and boat’s rudder attached to a globe. Fortuna Redux is responsible for overseeing the return of a long journey, in this case heralding the return of Hadrian to Rome for the first time as emperor after an extended campaign in Syria.
Hadrian, Emperor of Rome
Sear 3493; RIC: 41 var
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, Fall 2020)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)