Sestertius of Hadrian "COS III"

Roman Imperial
Roman Empire




Weight: 28.8 g

Diameter: 1 3/8 in. (35 mm)

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, bearded, laureate, with drapery over the left shoulder. Border of dots. Legend: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS (Hadrian Augustus) clockwise from seven o’clock. Reverse: Roma, seated left on cuirass, helmeted, round shield behind, right foot on helmet, displaying a winged victory in her outstretched right hand and a cornucopia in her left. Border of dots. Legend: CO(n)S(ul) III (consul for the third time) clockwise from eight o’clock. S(enatus) C(onsulto)(by the decree of the Senate) in exergue.

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. 7, Kelly Foley, Class of 2012.


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

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