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Roman sestertius

Best known Roman emperor in Britain?

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The letters on the coin tell you this is the Roman emperor Hadrian (AD 117-138). The emperor is shown with a laurel wreath headdress on the front or obverse. The writing on the coin gives abbreviations for the emperor’s titles in Latin. IMP is short for Imperator or Emperor. AVG stands for Augustus or respected. The back or reverse shows the Roman personnification of Felicity or happiness. A sestertius was worth four small copper coins called asses and four sestertii were the equivalent in value of a silver coin called a denarius.