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Alexandria on Ancient Coins

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

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Commemorates Hadrian's arrival in Egypt in 130 AD. Alexandria kissing the emperor's hand to welcome him in her city!
RX79844. Bronze drachm, Dattari pl. 75, 1610; Milne 1315; Geissen 1034; BMC Alexandria 870; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.509; Emmett 964; SRCV II 3716, Fair, scratches, weight 25.224 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 130 - 131 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right with aegis; reverse Alexandria (or Africa), wearing elephant-skin headdress, steps right towards the emperor, grasps and kisses his right hand, wheat ears and poppy in her left hand, he is togate with scepter in left; L - I E (left and middle field); huge 34 mm bronze!; $110.00 (Ä93.50)


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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The ancients did not all agree on the attributes of Serapis. A passage in Tacitus affirms that many recognized in this god, Aesculapius, imputing healing to his intervention; some thought him identical with Osiris, the oldest deity of the Egyptians; others regarded him as Jupiter, possessing universal power; but by most he was believed to be the same as Pluto, the "gloomy" Dis Pater of the infernal regions. The general impression of the ancients seems to have been that by Serapis, was to be understood the beginning and foundation of things. Julian II consulted the oracle of Apollo for the purpose of learning whether Pluto and Serapis were different gods; and he received for an answer that Jupiter-Serapis and Pluto were one and the same divinity.
RX71176. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4781, Curtis 1954, Geissen 3210, Dattari 5622, Kampmann 119.13, BMC Alexandria 2529, SNG Cop 980, Emmett 4025, VF, green patina, some earthen encrustation, weight 8.691 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 285 - 28 Aug 286 A.D.; obverse A K Γ OYAΛ ∆IOKΛHTIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Alexandria standing left, wears turreted cap, head of Serapis in right hand, scepter in left hand, L - B (year 2) flanking across field; $36.00 (Ä30.60)







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