Cistophorus of Hadrian
This cistophorus of Hadrian is unique; its attribution to Halicarnassus depends upon its mate, 2001.155.2, which also portrays Zeus A(s)kraios, always shown in a grove of trees populated by birds. The coin, like all of Hadrian’s cistophori, is overstruck (i.e., an earlier coin was used as a blank). The undertype was a coin of M. Antonius produced in 38 B.C.; IMP COS DESIG IT appears under Hadrian’s neck, and the snakes of the original reverse show through.
Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire (Chestnut Hill, Mass.: McMullen Museum of Art, 2014), 249, plate 20.