Dupondius of Hadrian, "AETERNITAS AVGVSTI"

Roman Imperial
Roman Empire




Overall: 1 in. (26 mm)

Weight: 12.5 g

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Arthur Fairbanks, Class of 1886, in memory of his father, Henry Fairbanks, Class of 1853



Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area

Numismatics: Greek and Roman

Not on view


Obverse: Bust of Hadrian, facing right, wearing a radiate crown. Legend: IMP(erator) CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG(ustus) P(ontifex) M(aximus) TR(ibunicia) P(otestas) CO(n)S(ul) III, (Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus, Pontifex Maximus, endowed with power of the Tribune, consul for the third time) clockwise from six o’clock. Reverse: A draped female figure, facing left, extending both arms and holding bust-like objects in each hand, perhaps the sun in her right hand and the moon in her left hand. Legend: AETERNITAS AVGVSTI (the Perpetuity of the Augustus) clockwise from seven o’clock. S(enatus)C(onsulto) (by decree of the Senate) in the field.

Course History

CLST 18, HIST 94.6, History of the Roman Empire, Roberta Stewart, Winter 2012

CLST 6, Introduction to Classical Archaeology, Roger Ulrich, Fall 2012

CLST 6, Introduction to Classical Archaeology, Roger Ulrich, Fall 2014

WRIT 7.24, Past Imperfect, Cynthia Monroe, Spring 2019

WRIT 7.24, Past Imperfect, Cynthia Monroe, Spring 2019

Exhibition History

Investigations into the Ancient Mediterranean, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Yale University Collection-Sharing Initiative, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 5-June 24, 2012.

Publication History

IMPERIUM ROMANUM IN NUMMIS, The Roman Empire in and on Its Coinage, a booklet with entries created by Dartmouth students and Professor Roberta Stewart, Spring 2012, no. 14, Zhenwei Mei, Class of 2014.


Arthur Fairbanks (1864-1944), Class of 1886; given to present collection, 1927.

Catalogue Raisonne

BMC, Vol. III: no. 1220, pl. 79/8; Terrace 1958: p. 19, no. 16

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