AR Denarius. 3.15g, 18.2mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 134-138
REF: RIC II 256d
OBVERSE: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
REVERSE: MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, holding scales in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
Good Fine. Some minor scratches.
Moneta was the divine personification and protector of monetary supply in ancient Rome. Her name, from which the word 'money' is derived, was an epithet applied to the goddess Juno (ie., Juno Moneta), at whose temple the Romans first minted their coins.
Hadrian was a capable but complex emperor - he could be ascetic in taste, dressing simply and sleeping and dining with regular soldiers, but he was at the same time a passionate admirer of Greek culture and an active patron of artistes and architects. He began extensive building projects during his reign, not only in Rome, but in many cities throughout his vast empire. Hadrian's Wall in Britain, and the reconstructed Pantheon in Rome, and Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli are some of his most famous architectural legacies.
He was known as perennial traveler, spending more than half of his reign outside Italy. Perhaps his most well-known series of coins is the so-called 'Travel series', various types struck bearing the names and personifications of the provinces visited by the emperor. Hadrian was also well-known for his open homosexual relationship with Greek youth, Antinous, who drowned while travelling with the emperor in Egypt, and who was thereafter deified by him.
HADRIAN . AD 117-138 . Denarius . "MONETA AVG"
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