AE Drachm. 24.72g, 34.2mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandria, dated RY 12 (AD 148/9)
REF: Emmett 1472.12; Dattari (Savio) 2482; RPC Online 14905 (10 spec)
OBVERSE: ΑVΤ Κ Τ ΑΙΛ ΑΔΡ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС СƐΒ ƐVС, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: Athena standing left, holding Nike and shield; L ΔωΔЄ-KATOV (date) around.
Good Fine. Chocolate-brown patina with some old surface pitting. Bold bust on a solid, hefty coin.
Egypt supplied as much as half of Rome’s annual grain supply, and was as such a hugely important province. Its economic and cultural heart was Alexandria, the second largest city in the Empire with a population of more than half a million during the time of Augustus. The coins of Roman Egypt were heavily used in daily commerce, and most often found in extremely worn condition. They are nevertheless highly collectible and interesting, sometimes featuring unique Egyptian-themed reverses and deities.
ANTONINUS PIUS . EGYPT, Alexandria . AE Drachm . Athena
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