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Augustus and Agrippa, 9 - 3 B.C., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gaul
The reverse commemorates the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. This theme was probably used at Nemausus because the colony was settled by Egyptian Greeks and veterans from Anthony's army that had surrendered to Octavian at Actium. This was the last of the COL NEM issues, distinguished by the addition of the title P P (Pater Patriae), an honor bestowed to Augustus in 2 B.C. RP91555. Bronze dupondius, RIC I 158, RPC I 524, SNG Cop 699, SNG Tüb 152, SRCV I 1730, F, well centered, scratches, some porosity, weight 12.194 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Augusta Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, 9 - 3 B.C.; obverse IMP DIVI F, back to back heads of Augustus and Agrippa, Agrippa (on left) head left wearing a rostral crown and laurel wreath, Augustus head right wearing oak wreath, IMP above, DIVI F below; reverse Crocodile right chained to palm tree, wreath with long ties over COL - NEM above, two palms fronds below; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $120.00 (€105.60)
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Much more could mean dangerous flooding. Herodotus gives 24 cubits as the highest recorded rise of the Nile. The lowest Nile on record before the river was dammed was about 13 cubits in 966 A.D.RX88421. Bronze drachm, Geissen 991; Milne 1266; Dattari 1806; BMC Alexandria p. 92, 784; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.461, Fair, flan flaw (pit), weight 21.521 g, maximum diameter 33.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, Sep 127 - Aug 128 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC - TRAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis, from behind; reverse Nilus reclining left on a crocodile right, cornucopia in right, reed in left, himation around waist and legs, Iς above, L ∆W∆EK (year 12) in exergue; big 33mm bronze; $40.00 (€35.20)