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Crocodiles on Ancient Coins

The crocodile was a symbol of Egypt.


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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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 (Ä35.20)







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