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The basic unit of currency in Ancient Rome was the bronze coin called an as.

A sestertius, another bronze coin, was worth four asses.

A silver coin, the denarius, was worth 16 asses.

There was also a gold coin in circulation, the aureus which had a fixed value of 25 denarii.

At the time of the Emperor Hadrian a Roman Soldier would be paid over two hundred denarii a year.

A small sack of wheat cost half a denarius during Emperor Hadrian's reign.

Roman coins were an important publicity tool for the Emperors of Rome. They would have coins struck that showed themselves as emperor, of course, and also their victories and achievements.

Money lending was an important business in Ancient Rome, though it was not thought appropriate as a business for higher borne Roman Citizens. Money lenders would set up stall in the Forum, the main business centre and tout for business.

There were also plenty of banks in Ancient Rome at the time of Emperor Hadrian, though poorer Roman Citizens would have hid their money, perhaps burying it in an earthenware pot or leather purse.

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The Emperor Hadrian ruled for 21 years from A.D. 117 until A.D. 138, when the Empire of Ancient Rome was at its height.

The Emperor Hadrian consolidated and strengthened The Roman Empire. He was The Roman Emperor responsible for the building of Hadrian's Wall in England.

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Roman Coinage in the time of the Emperor Hadrian.

Bronze sestertius with portrait of Hadrian, 117-138 CE.

Bronze sestertius with portrait of Emperor Hadrian, 117-138 CE.
Reverse depicts a Roman warship, showing oars and rowers.
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Bronze sestertius of Hadrian, minted in Rome 121 CE.

Bronze sestertius of Emperor Hadrian, minted in Rome 121 CE.
Shows the Genius of the Circus holding a chariot wheel.
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Denarius of Hadrian, 117-138 CE.

Denarius of Emperor Hadrian, 117-138 CE.
Portrait of the Emperor Hadrian wearing a laurel wreath.
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Denarius of Hadrian, 117-138 CE.

Denarius of Emperor Hadrian, 117-138 CE.
Part of a series of coins celebrating the emperor's alleged virtues, in this case Justice.
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Denarius of Hadrian, 117-138 CE.

Denarius of Emperor Hadrian, 117-138 CE.
Part of a series of coins celebrating the emperor's alleged virtues, in this case Liberality.
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Denarius of Hadrian, 117-138 CE.

Denarius of Emperor Hadrian, 117-138 CE.
Part of a series of coins celebrating the emperor's alleged virtues, in this case Patience.
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Denarius of Hadrian, 117-138 CE.

Denarius of Emperor Hadrian, 117-138 CE.
Part of a series of coins celebrating the emperor's alleged virtues, in this case Tranquility.
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Reverse of bronze drachm of Hadrian, issued in Egypt, 133-34 CE.

Reverse of bronze drachm of Emperor Hadrian, issued in Egypt, 133-34 CE.
Depicts two snakes reflecting native Egyptian symbolism—Agathodaemon (sacred to Serapis) and Uraeus (sacred to Isis).
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