Coin of Tarsus with bust of Hadrian

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 117–138

Mint: Cilicia, Tarsus


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 9.74 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate bust of Hadrian to right, drapery on left shoulder.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: At right, Perseus, nude with winged sandals, harpe and drapery on left arm stands with right hand out to Apollo, nude and standing at left, leaning on tripod. Laurel branch in Apollo’s left hand; snake under tripod.
Inscription in Greek.


By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (auction of the A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962, lot 404); purchased at the Woodward auction on behalf of MFA by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., February 13, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour