Dupondius of Hadrian, Replica
The dupondius or two-pounder was a brass coin used during the Roman Republic and even during the Roman Empire. It was valued at 2 asses, half a Sestertius or 1/8 of a denarius. Introduced as a large bronze cast coin, it weighed less than 2 pounds. The dupondius was normally further distinguished from the similarly sized as with the addition of a radiate crown to the bust of the emperor in 66 AD during the reign of Nero. Using a radiate crown to indicate double value was also used on the antoninianus (double denarius) and double sestertius.
The replica Dupondius coin shows the laureate head of Hadrian on the obverse and Aeternitas, Roman goddess of eternity on the reverse side. Next to her, the SC stands for Senatus Consulto, the respected authorization of the Senate of ancient Rome.
Hadrian was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. In Latin, the full imperial title of Hadrian was also rendered as Tito Ael[io] Hadriano. He re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. He is also known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. Hadrian was regarded by some as a humanist and was philhellene in most of his tastes. He is regarded as one of the Five Good Emperors.
This is a replica of an ancient Roman coin of the emperor Hadrian.
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