Billon Tetradrachm. 14.29g, 22.7mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandria, RY 16 (AD 152/3)
REF: Dattari 2384; Emmett 1436.16; RPC Online 13759 (9 spec.)
OBVERSE: ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС СƐΒ ƐVСƐΒ, laureate head right, with trace of drapery.
REVERSE: LI-Ϛ, Tyche standing facing, head left, wearing kalathos, holding rudder and cornucopia.
Ex Robert L. Grover Collection of Roman-Egyptian Coinage, previously held by the Art Institute of Chicago (1981.472)
An excellent coin with a rare museum pedigree, sold with its original catalogue tag indicating the accession number (1981.472) used when was received into the museum's collection.
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 . Billon Tetradrachm . Ex Grover Collection
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