AE Drachm. 24.61g, 34.5mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandria, RY 9 (AD 145/6)
REF: Emmett 1644.9; Dattari 2794; RPC Online 13579 (30 spec)
OBVERSE: ΑVΤ Κ Τ ΑΙΛ ΑΔΡ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС СƐΒ ƐVС, laureate head right.
REVERSE: Roma seated on cuirass left, holding Nike and parazonium, shield (wheel) on the ground at her side; L ENATOV around.
Ex Robert L. Grover Collection of Roman-Egyptian Coinage, previously held by the Art Institute of Chicago (1982.1981)
An excellent coin with a rare museum pedigree, sold with its original catalogue tag indicating the accession number (1982.1981)used when was received into the museum's collection.
Fine. Warm brown surfaces. A bold and attractive heavy bronze of Alexandria.
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 . Ex Art Institute of Chicago
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