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Numismatics
Ruler: Hadrian, Emperor of Rome, A.D. 76–138, ruled 117–38
Mint: Halicarnassus
Artist: Unknown

Cistophorus of Hadrian

128–32

Silver

10.66 g, 6:00, 28 mm
Gift of Ben Lee Damsky
2011.155.1

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.

Geography: 
Made in Halicarnassus, Caria
Culture: 
Roman
Period: 
2nd century
Classification: 
Numismatics
Status: 
By appointment
Bibliography: 

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.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.