AE Drachm. 19.4g, 31.9mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandria, RY 22 (AD 158/9)
REF: Emmett 1614.22; RPC Online temp 14981
OBVERSE: Laureate bust of Antoninus Pius right.
REVERSE: Draped bust of Nilus right, crowned with lotus-buds, [reed behind, cornucopia before from which emerges a Genius]; [L K] B above.
Ex Robert L. Grover Collection of Roman-Egyptian Coinage, previously held by the Art Institute of Chicago (1982.1972)
An excellent coin with a rare museum pedigree, sold with its original catalogue tag indicating the accession number used when was received into the museum's collection.
Brownish patina with somewhat rough surfaces. An interesting reverse type depicting the head of Nilus, the divine personification of Egypt's Nile river.
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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