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Crocodiles on Ancient Coins

The crocodile was a symbol of Egypt.

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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RPC notes that a worn specimen of this type "has recently turned up in a small hoard of bronzes from Syria, which otherwise had nothing later than AD 121/2." Prior to that date, only Augustus and Tiberius ruled long enough to issue coins dated year 21 and RPC suggests attribution to Augustus. We disagree. Year 21 of Augustus was seven years before his first dated coins. Tiberius ruled long enough, but the Alexandria mint stopped striking bronze in his year six. Trajan died on 8 or 9 August of his 20th year. In Alexandria, Trajan's 21st year would have begun on 29 August 117. We believe this type was struck after 29 August 117, in the few days before the mint was informed of his death. The short period explains the great rarity. After the mint was informed of Hadrian's accession, they changed the reverse type to the Apis bull right and the date to L B, year 2 of Hadrian.
RX85457. Bronze dichalkon, RPC I 5111 (5 spec.), Dattari 50, BMC Alexandria 2629, Kampmann A.5, Emmett 4260 (R5 for year 20, a misreading of year 21), Geissen -, F, irregular underweight flan, date weak, weight 0.810 g, maximum diameter 11.8 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, posthumous, 29 Aug - early Sep 117 A.D.; obverse ibis right; reverse crocodile right, L KA (year 21); very rare; $180.00 (Ä160.20)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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Antoninus Pius was born to a distinguished family. After a typical senatorial career, he made a name for himself as proconsul of Asia. He was adopted as Hadrian's heir and succeeded soon after. His reign was long and peaceful, a Golden Age of tranquility and prosperity.
RX57408. Bronze drachm, Milne 2055; Geissen 1638; Dattari 2751; BMC Alexandria p. 136, 1150 corr.; Kampmann-Ganschow 35.476, F, weight 13.049 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 149 - 28 Aug 150 A.D.; obverse AYT K T AIΛ A∆P − ANTWNINOC CE−B EYC, laureate bust right; reverse L (in field) TPICKAI Iς (year 13), Nilus reclining left, crowned with lotus, reed in left, cornucopia in right from which infant genius emerges offering him a wreath, crocodile right below; $90.00 (Ä80.10)

Augustus and Agrippa, 16 - 15 B.C., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gaul

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This two-headed brass dupondius was commonly cut between the heads, creating two individual one-as coins.

The reverse commemorates the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. and was probably issued in connection with Augustus' visit to Gaul in 16 B.C.
RP72851. Bronze cut half dupondius (as), cf. SRCV I 1729, RIC I 155, RPC I 523, VF, half of cut coin, green patina, scratches, weight 5.205 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Augusta Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, 16 - 15 B.C.; obverse IMP DIVI F, back to back heads of Augustus, bare head right, and [Agrippa, wearing rostral wreath, (cut, off flan)]; reverse COL NEM, crocodile right chained to a palm, wreath above, two palm fronds below; $85.00 (Ä75.65)


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