Aureus with bust of Hadrian

Imperial Period
about A.D. 136

Mint: Rome


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 7.10 gm. Die Axis: 6

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Hadrian, draped and cuirassed, to the right.
Reverse: Female personification of Africa, reclining to the left, wearing elephant-skin headdress, resting right hand on a lion, left hand on a basket.


By date unknown: with Numismatic Fine Arts, Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212 (Auction 16, The Helmsley Palace, 455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, December 2, 1985, lot 438); by 1995: with Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA (sale 5395, Two Hundred Highly Important Greek and Roman Coins, July 5, 1995, lot 119); by 2007: with Numismatica Ars Classica, Niederdorfstrasse 43 CH 8022, Zürich (Auction 41, Greek and Roman Coins, Hotel Baur au Lac, Talstrasse 1, 8022 Zürich, November 20, 2007, lot 80); purchased at NAC 41 on behalf of MFA by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602; December 12, 2007: purchased by MFA from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour