Ancient Roman Gold Aureus of Emperor Hadrian / Guardian Spirit
This is an ancient Roman gold Aureus, of Emperor Hadrian, struck at Rome between 119 - 120 AD
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG; "Supreme commander (Imperator), Caesar, Trajan Hadrian, emperor (Augustus)" Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped and cuirassed, right, viewed from front.
Reverse: P M TR P COS III / GEN P R; "High priest, holder of tribunician power, consul for the third time. To the Genius (guardian spirit) of the Roman people." Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
DATE: 117 - 138 AD (this coin minted between 119 - 120 AD)
SIZE: 19.01mm diameter
WEIGHT: 7.34 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RIC II, Part 3 (second edition) Hadrian 195
PROVENANCE: Private collection. Beaumont, France.
Pre 1600, Ancient, Roman