Denarius of Hadrian

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Issued by: Hadrian
Denomination: Denarius
Mint: Rome
Period: Roman
Date found: 03/04/2021
Location: South Oxfordshire


Obverse reads: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P – Hadrianus Augustus, Consul Tertium, Pater Patriae, which translates to “Hadrian, emperor (Augustus), consul for the third time, father of the nation“. Reverse has Hadrian holding a scroll and raising a kneeling personification of Gaul. Legend reads: RESTITVTORI GALLIAE, “To the restorer of Galliae“. Hadrian was a restorer of many ancient remains in various cities. A similar image appears on various coins from his reign with the name of the place being restored and a kneeling figure to represent the place.