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Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Sabina

A work made of gold.
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Date:

134, issued by Hadrian

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The arranged marriage between Hadrian (76–138; reigned 117–138) and Sabina (83–136/37), who is portrayed
on this gold coin, took place around 100, but ancient writers reported that it was not a loving relationship. They were childless, and although Hadrian granted Sabina many of the honors usually accorded to an empress, he did not mint coins with her portrait until much later in his reign, around 128.

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the bust of Sabina, draped, wearing a diadem; her hair is waved up in a crest. The back (reverse) depicts the goddess Juno standing to the left, veiled, with a patera in her right hand extended over a peacock, her left hand rests on a scepter.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Sabina

Origin

Rome

Date

Struck 134 CE

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: SABINA AVGVSTA Reverse: IVNONI REGINAE

Dimensions

Diam. 1.9 cm; 7.10 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4873

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