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Framed medallion with head of Hadrian

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Obverse: Head of Hadrian to right. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Reverse: Sol (Helios), nude, with a cape flowing behind, galloping to right in a quadriga. Inscription illegible. The bronze medallion is set in a copper frame.


By date unknown: Kurt M. Semon Collection, New York; 1960: sold for the estate of Kurt M. Semon by Numismatic Fine Arts, Edward Gans, 10 Rock Lane, Berkeley 8, California (Numismatic Fine Arts, E. Gans mail bid auction, April 19, 1960, lot 582: said to have been found in Egypt); May 11, 1980: purchased by MFA from Numismatic Fine Arts, Edward Gans for $ 715.00 (this is the total price for 60.515-60.517);

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 125–134



Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 019.


Diameter: 68 mm. Weight: 93.40 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze (bimetallic)


The Ancient World


Numismatics, Medallions