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125 NGC Ch XF Hadrian Roman Empire Denarius Goddess Pudicitia 5/5 4/5 (18093004C)

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  • Roman Empire, denarius, 3.32g, issued 125-128 CE, RIC 176, RSC 392.

  • NGC Certfifed  to Ch XF. Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Some luster.

  • Obverse: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, draped laureate bust right.

  • Reverse: COS III, Pudicitia veiled standing left.

  • Pudicitia ("modesty" or "sexual virtue") was a central concept in ancient Roman sexual ethics. The word is derived from the more general pudor, the sense of shame that regulated an individual's behavior as socially acceptable. Pudicitia was most often a defining characteristic of women, but men who failed to conform to masculine sexual norms were said to exhibit feminizing impudicitia, sexual shamelessness. The virtue was personified by the Roman goddess Pudicitia, whose Greek equivalent was Aidos.