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Crocodiles on Ancient Coins

The crocodile was a symbol of Egypt.

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 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.
RX92506. Bronze drachm, Dattari 2753; Geissen 1639; Milne 2054; Kampmann 35.477; BMC Alexandria p. 136, 1150; Emmett 1621/13 (R1); SNG Cop -, gF, dark brown patina, light marks, scattered light porosity, parts of legend and date unstruck, small edge splits, beveled obverse edge, weight 25.418 g, maximum diameter 34.3 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 149 - 28 Aug 150 A.D.; obverse AVT K T AIΛ A∆P - ANTWNINOC CE-B EVC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse L TPICKAI (year 13, L in left field) Iς (16), Nilus reclining left, crowned with lotus, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, cornucopia in right hand from which infant genius emerges offering him a wreath, reeds in left hand, crocodile right below; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00 ON RESERVE







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