Description:This denarius coin was minted during the rule of Hadrian, who was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. The obverse features the head of Hadrian with the Latin legend HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, translated to “Hadrianus Augustus, Consul 3, Father of the Fatherland." Hadrian is best known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman territory in Britain. A significant portion of the wall still exists and today is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England. In Rome, he re-built the Pantheon and almost two thousand years later, its dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.
During his reign, Hadrian traveled to nearly every province of the Empire ordering the construction of libraries, aqueducts, baths and theaters. He spent extensive amounts of his time with the military; he usually wore military attire and even dined and slept amongst the soldiers. Hadrian was known as an intellectual and a patron of the arts. He is considered by many historians to have been wise and just and one of the finest of all Roman Emperors.
Victoria is shown on the reverse of this coin, seated while holding a wreath and a palm frond. Victoria, the personification of Victory, was an important part of Roman society and many temples were erected in her honor. Victoria was a symbol of victory over death and determined who would be successful during war.