Billon Tetradrachm. 10.75g, 24.4mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Aexandria, dated RY 15 (AD 130/1)
REF: Emmett 845.15
OBVERSE: AVT KAI TPAIA DPIA CEB, laureate bust right.
REVERSE: Emperor standing left, holding sceptre, being greeted by Alexandria, who holds a vexillum and presents him with grain ears; date (L-IE) across field.
Fine. Cleaned porous surfaces with some dark deposits and delamination on the reverse edge between 3 to 6 o'clock.
Interesting historic type, struck in the year (AD 130/1) of Hadrian's visit to Egypt. It was on this fateful trip that Hadrian lost his beloved companion Antinous when the latter fell into the River Nile and drowned.
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 . Billon Tetradrachm . Alexandria greeting Emperor
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