HADRIAN

AD 117-138
AE Drachm. 24.11g, 34.3mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandria. Uncertain date, but possibly RY 14 (AD 129/30)

REF: Emmett 1069; Dattari 1879; cf. RPC Online 5743
OBVERSE: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

REVERSE: Zeus, holding phiale and sceptre, reclining left on spread wings of an eagle that grasps thunderbolt in its claws; date (L IΔ?) in lower field.

 

Provenance:

Ex Robert L. Grover Collection of Roman-Egyptian Coinage, previously held by the Art Institute of Chicago (1980.977)

An excellent coin with a rare museum pedigree, sold with its original catalogue tag indicating the accession number (1980.977) used when was received into the museum's collection.

 

Grade/Notes:

Almost Fine. Dark brown surfaces with some roughness.

Interesting and scarcer reverse type showing Zeus reclining on an eagle ascending to the heavens.

 

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 . Zeus

SKU: 1975
S$60.00Price
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