Aureus with bust of Hadrian

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 121


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 18.5 mm. Weight: 7.33 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

2004.67

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right, seen from behind.
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Reverse: Genius of the Circus reclining left, head right, holding wheel in right hand and in left holding meta set on base at the end of the circus spina.
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Provenance

By May 1973: with Bank Leu A.G., Bahnhofstrasse 32, CH-8022 Zürich, Switzerland (auction 7, Saal der Zunft zum Kämbel, Limmatquai 52, Zurich, May 9, 1973, lot 372); by January 2004: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster, PA 17608 (auction Triton VII, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave., New York, January 13-14, 2003, lot 932); purchased at Classical Numismatic Group auction on behalf of MFA by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602; purchased by MFA from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., February 25, 2004

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour