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Alexandria on Ancient Coins

Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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The Alexandrian coinage of Otho has a portrait with only modest resemblance to other coins of the Emperor. Perhaps the mint lacked an image of the new ruler.
SH73358. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5358; Geissen 245; Dattari 324; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 212; Kampmann 18.1; Emmett 182 (R2), VF, weight 13.190 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 15 Jan - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate bust right, LA (year 1) before neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆PEA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress; rare; SOLD


Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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RPC notes that the priestly simpulum symbol appears on some of each of the five Otho tetradrachm reverse types. The types with the symbol are rare. RPC lists 16 examples with simpulum and 69 without it.
SH60659. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5353, BMC Alexandria 212 var. (simpulum), VF, weight 12.316 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 69 A.D.; obverse AYTOK MAPK OΘOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate bust right, LA (year 1) before; reverse AΛEΞAN∆PEA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress, simpulum before; rare; SOLD


Roman Republic, M. Aemilius Lepidus, 61 B.C.

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This coin records an alleged guardianship of the moneyer's ancestor, Marcus Lepidus, over the young king of Egypt, Ptolemy V. Neither Polybius nor Livy make any mention of it. The story is likely an exaggeration, invented by the later Lepidi. In 201 B.C., Lepidus was sent to deliver the ultimatum to Philip ordering him to cease attacking his Greek neighbors, and return the Ptolemy's possessions. He was also a member of the embassy sent to Ptolemy V (and Antiochos III) to gain support should Rome and Macedonia declare war. But Lepidus was a junior member of the embassy, which included two ex-consuls, thus it is unlikely he would have been a guardian of the Ptolemaic king.
RR79735. Silver denarius, RSC Aemilia 24, Sydenham 832, Crawford 419/2, Russo RBW -, F, toned, scratches and marks, porous, weight 3.657 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 61 B.C.; obverse head of Alexandria right, wearing turreted crown, ALEXSANDREA below; reverse M. Lepidus, togate, standing facing, head left, crowning the young figure of Ptolemy V, standing facing, holding scepter, S∑C above, TVTOR∑REG downward on left, PONF∑MAX∑ upward on right, M LEPIDVS in exergue; this is only the second example of this rare type ever handled by Forum; rare; SOLD


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!
RX54636. Bronze drachm, Dattari pl. 75, 1610; Milne 1315; Geissen 1034; BMC Alexandria 870; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.509; Emmett 964; SRCV II 3716, aVF, weight 25.558 g, maximum diameter 35.6 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, 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); over-cleaned, areas of corrosion, huge 35 mm bronze!; SOLD


Roman Republic, M. Aemilius Lepidus, 61 B.C.

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This coin records an alleged guardianship of the moneyer's ancestor, Marcus Lepidus, over the young king of Egypt, Ptolemy V. Neither Polybius nor Livy make any mention of it. The story is likely an exaggeration, invented by the later Lepidi. In 201 B.C., Lepidus was sent to deliver the ultimatum to Philip ordering him to cease attacking his Greek neighbors, and return the Ptolemy's possessions. He was also a member of the embassy sent to Ptolemy V (and Antiochos III) to gain support should Rome and Macedonia declare war. But Lepidus was a junior member of the embassy, which included two ex-consuls, thus it is unlikely he would have been a guardian of the Ptolemaic king.
RR75363. Silver denarius, RSC Aemilia 24, Sydenham 832, Crawford 419/2, Russo RBW -, F, rough, burnished, both sides off-center, weight 3.435 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 61 B.C.; obverse head of Alexandria right, wearing turreted crown, ALEXANDREA below; reverse M. Lepidus, togate, standing facing, head left, crowning the young figure of Ptolemy V, standing facing, holding scepter, S∑C above, TVTOR∑REG downward on left, PONF∑MAX∑ upward on right, M LEPIDVS in exergue; this is the first example of this rare type ever handled by Forum; rare; SOLD


Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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The Alexandrian coinage of Otho has a portrait with only modest resemblance to other coins of the Emperor. Perhaps the mint lacked an image of the new ruler.
SH71895. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5358; Geissen 245; Dattari 324; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 212; Kampmann 18.1; Emmett 182 (R2), F, scratches, weight 12.954 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 15 Jan - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate bust right, LA (year 1) before neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆PEA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress; rare; SOLD


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

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In 100 A.D. the Roman Army had more than 300,000 soldiers.
RX59434. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 899 var. (bust, star r.), Dattari 1274 var. (same), Kampmann 32.70 var. (same), Emmett 805 (R4), SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, SNG Milan -; Geissen -, VF, weight 12.934 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 99 - 100 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TPAIANOC - A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant's head headdress, date L - Γ (year 3) across fields; rare; SOLD


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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In 227 A.D., Severus Alexander's father-in-law, Seius Sallustius, was executed for attempted murder of the Emperor. Sallustius had been raised to the rank of Caesar, probably in 225 when Severus Alexander married his daughter, Sallustia Orbiana. Sallustia Orbiana was exiled to Libya.
RX89891. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 4263; Geissen 2465; BMC Alexandria p. 215, 1687; Milne 3085; Curtis 1045; Kampmann 62.153; Emmett 3088.11 (R3), VF, excellent portrait, well centered, some light corrosion, small edge cracks, weight 11.372 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 227 - 28 Aug 228 A.D.; obverse A KAI MAP AVP CEV AΛEΞAN∆POC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Alexandria standing slightly right, head left, wearing elephant-skin headdress, grain ears in raised right hand, vexillum in left hand, palm branch to left, L IA (year 11) to right; scarce; SOLD


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

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RX81201. Bronze drachm, SRCV II 3716, Dattari 1610, Milne 1315, BMC Alexandria 870, VF, attractive large bronze, weight 19.158 g, maximum diameter 34.7 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 (left), wears peplos and chiton, she holds stalks of grain and kisses the hand of Hadrian, he holds scepter in left, L IE in field; very scarce; SOLD


Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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The Alexandria tetradrachm was valued equal to the Roman Imperial denarius.
RX47560. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5336; Milne 335; Dattari 300; Emmett 170; Geissen 225; Kampmann-Ganschow 17.9; BMC Alexandria -, aVF, weight 12.800 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 68 - 15 Jan 69 A.D.; obverse ΣEPOYI ΓAΛBA AYTOK KAIΣ ΣEBA, laureate head right, LB (year 2) below chin; reverse AΛEΞAN∆PEA, draped bust of Alexandria right wearing elephant-head headdress, star below chin; SOLD




  




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