AD 117-138
AE Drachm. 19.85g, 33.5mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandria, RY 18 (AD 133/4)
REF: Emmett 935.18; Dattari 1951; RPC Online 5917
OBVERSE: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the rear.

REVERSE: Canopic jars of Osiris and Isis within a domed shrine, uraeus crown in pediment; L IH in field.



Ex Robert L. Grover Collection of Roman-Egyptian Coinage, previously held by the Art Institute of Chicago (1980.994)

An excellent coin with a rare museum pedigree, sold with its original catalogue tag indicating the accession number (1980.994) used when was received into the museum's collection.



Fair/Good. Earthy bluish-green patina with underlying maroon surfaces.

Uniquely Egyptian reverse type featuring two ritual canopic jars.  Such jars were typically used in the mummification process to store the internal organs of the embalmed corpse.


Historical Notes:

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.

HADRIAN . EGYPT, Alexandria . AE Drachm . Ex Art Institute of Chicago Collection

SKU: 1972
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