Cistophorus of Hadrian, Emperor of Rome from Smyrna Artist: Unknown
Mint: Smyrna (Ionia)
Honorand: Vibia Sabina, Empress of Rome, ca. 88–137
Ruler: Hadrian, Emperor of Rome, A.D. 76–138, ruled 117–38




10.11 g, 6:00, 28 mm

Credit Line

Promised gift of Ben Lee Damsky

Loan number



2nd century


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: Draped bust right with diadem and hair in elaborate high arrangement SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG PP

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: Cybele wearing mural crown, seated left on high-backed throne, holding patera in outstretched right hand and resting left forearm on tympanum. The forepart of a lion can be seen at the left in front of her legs. COS III
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Object/Work type

cistophori, coins, money

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