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Roman Provincial Coins from Egypt

From Augustus' conquest until Diocletian's monetary reforms, Egypt maintained a separate currency. Hoard evidence indicates that when crossing into Egypt all imperial coinage had to be exchanged for Egyptian and when leaving all Egyptian coinage had to be exchanged for imperial coinage. Coins are dated according to the Egyptian year which began on 29 August, or 30 August following a leap year. The Egyptian tetradrachm was officially valued at one denarius.

Roman Provincial Egypt, 11 Billon Tetradrachms, c. 138 - 295 A.D.

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt,| |11| |Billon| |Tetradrachms,| |c.| |138| |-| |295| |A.D.||Lot|
LT75915. Billon Lot, 11 billon Roman provincial Egypt tetradrachms, various rulers from Antoninus Pius to the tetrarchy, F to VF, some rough and porous, Alexandria mint, c. 138 - 295 A.D.; unattributed, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photographs, as-is, no returns; $325.00 (299.00) ON RESERVE

Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||drachm|
This coin was struck during the reign of her father Antoninus Pius. Faustina II was the daughter, wife, and mother of emperors and empresses. When she gave birth to the first of many children she was given the title of Augusta, which for a time made her superior in rank to her husband. She was a devoted wife and mother and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns.
RX110732. Bronze drachm, Geissen 1954 (same obv. die); RPC Online IV.4 T13703; BMC Alexandria p. 163, 1334; Kampmann 38.60; Emmett 1976; Dattari 3279 var. (L - IΔ), F, attractive green-brown patina, centered, most of legend weak/unstruck, small edge splits, obv. edge beveled, weight 25.632 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 150 - 28 Aug 151 A.D.; obverse ΦAVCTINA CEB EVCEB ΘVΓ (from upper right), draped bust right; reverse Athena standing facing, head left, wearing crested helmet, chiton with diplois and aegis, Nike in her extended right hand offering wreath and bearing palm frond, spear vertical in left hand, L I-Δ (year 14) divided across fields, no shield; $240.00 (220.80)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Egypt||drachm|
RX111023. Bronze drachm, RPC Online 13749/36 (this coin); Dattari-Savio 8855; Geissen 1672; SNG Milan 1299; BMC Alexandria p. 143, 1201; Emmett 1449, aVF, well centered, some corrosion/pitting, edge splits, obv. edge beveled, weight 27.079 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 151 - 152 A.D.; obverse AVT K T AIΛ AΔP ANTWNINOC CEB EVC, laureate bust right, with aegis on far shoulder; reverse Peristyle altar of Agathodaemon, with four columns and garlanded entablature, female figure sacrificing within, burning pyre and acroteria in form of aphlasta above; L in exergue, I-E (year 15) across fields; ex Naville Numismatics 40 (27 May 2018), lot 298; ex Roma Numismatics e-auction 41 (2 Dec 2017), lot 491; $155.00 (142.60)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|NEW
Dikaiosyne is the Greek personification of justice and fair dealing. One of the most common reverse types of Alexandria, she always holds scales and cornucopia.
RX112105. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 1330; Dattari 2199; Kampmann 35.66; SNG Cop 435; Curtis 595; Emmett 1377.4; BMC Alexandria p. 124, 1060 var. (AΔPA, laur. dr. bust), F, nice portrait, mild porosity, tight flan, tiny edge split, uneven strike with weak areas, weight 10.817 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 140 - 28 Aug 141 A.D.; obverse AVT - K T AIΛ AΔP - ANTWNINOC AY, laureate head right, bare right shoulder seen from behind; reverse Dikaiosyne (Aequitas) seated left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, date LΔ (year 4) upper left; $100.00 (92.00)

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||dichalkon|NEW
The North African elephant (Loxodonta africana pharaohensis) is an extinct subspecies of the African bush elephant, or possibly a separate elephant species, that existed in North Africa, north of the Sahara, until it died out in Roman times. These were the famous war elephants used by Carthage in the Punic Wars, their conflict with the Roman Republic. Although the subspecies has been formally described, it has not been widely recognized by taxonomists. Other names for this animal include the North African forest elephant, Carthaginian elephant, and Atlas elephant. Originally, its range probably extended across North Africa and down to the present Sudanese and Eritrean coasts.
RX111825. Bronze dichalkon, Geissen 460, Dattari 1203, Kampmann 27.51, SNG BnF IV 1036, Emmett 701.7, F, dark green and brown patina, cleaning marks, weight 1.392 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 103 - 28 Aug 104 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse elephant walking right, L Z (year 7) above; ex Classical Numismatic Group e-sale 481 (02 Dec 2020), lot 346; ex Judy Day Frink Collection; $90.00 (82.80)

SNG Deutschland Sammlung Der Universitatsbibliothek Leipzig 2 Band

|Greek| |Books|, |SNG| |Deutschland| |Sammlung| |Der| |Universitatsbibliothek| |Leipzig| |2| |Band|
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Germany, collection of the University Library Leipzig, volume 2. This volume contains descriptions and illustrations of around 600 coins produced by Roman provincial mints from Augustus to Diocletian kept in the collections of the university library in Leipzig, Germany. The majority of coins were minted in Egypt and the Levant. German text. 120 pages, illustrated.
BK22451. SNG Deutschland Sammlung Der Universitatsbibliothek Leipzig 2 Band, 2008, in German, 106 total pages, 52 plates, hardcover, used, very good condition, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $40.00 (36.80)

Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome, Portrait of Antinous, c. 130 - 153 A.D.

|Egypt|, |Roman| |Egypt,| |Antinoopolites| |Nome,| |Portrait| |of| |Antinous,| |c.| |130| |-| |153| |A.D.||tessera|
Antinous probably joined Hadrian's entourage when it passed through Bithynia about 124 A.D. He became Hadrian's constant companion and lover. In October 130 Antinous drowned in the Nile. Hadrian's grief knew no bounds; he enrolled him among the gods, erected a temple, and on 30 October 130, Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where Antinous drowned. It was the capital of a new nome, Antinoopolites. Perhaps the date is from the founding of Antinoopolis. There began a Cult of Antinous. Artists vied with each other in immortalizing his beauty. Temples and statues dedicated to him were erected all over the Empire.
RX97546. Lead tessera, apparently unpublished, Dattari-Savio -, Geissen -, Milne -, Emmett -, Blum -, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, gF, gray-brown patina with highlighting earthen deposits, reverse off center, weight 4.994 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Antinoopolis(?) mint, c. 130 - 153 A.D.; obverse draped bust of Antinous right, wearing hem-hem crown of Harpocrates, large crescent before with horns left; reverse Nilus reclining right on sphinx, reed in his left hand curling up behind his shoulder and head, cornucopia before him in left hand; Euthenia on right, standing left, crowning Nilus with a wreath; ex Classical Numismatic Group e-auction 476 (9 Sep 2020), lot 287; ex BLS Collection; extremely rare, perhaps unique, this is the only specimen of this type known to FORVM; SOLD

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Egypt|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||obol|
In 62 A.D., Lucan wrote a history of the conflict between Julius Caesar and Pompey.
RX86146. Bronze obol, RPC I 5263; Dattari 278/279; Geissen 149; BMC Alexandria 179/180; Milne 207; Kampmann-Ganschow 14.67, F, old scratch on obverse, reverse rough, edge cracks, weight 5.661 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 61 - 28 Aug 62 A.D.; obverse NER KLAY KAI CEB GEP, laureate head right; reverse AYTO KPAT, Roma standing half left, patera in right hand, shield and spear in left hand, LH (year 8) lower left; rare; SOLD

Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Egypt|, |Philip| |II,| |July| |or| |August| |247| |-| |Late| |249| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
In 244, when Philip I the Arab was proclaimed Augustus, he made his son Philippus, age 6, Caesar and heir to the throne. Typical of Roman propaganda, the boy caesar appears much older on this coin.
RX62942. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 2782, Dattari 5049, Milne 857, Curtis 1392, Kampmann-Ganschow 76.1, Emmett 3587, SNG Cop -, gVF, well centered, weight 13.542 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, as caesar, 29 Aug 244 - 28 Aug 245; obverse M IOY ΦIΛIΠΠOC K CΕB, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse eagle standing left, wings closed, head turned back right, wreath in beak, L - B (year 2 of Philip I) across field; SOLD

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

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Otho,| |15| |January| |69| |-| |17| |April| |69| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
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 MANTPK OΘΩNOΣ KANTIΣ ΣΕB, laureate bust right, LA (year 1) before neck; reverse AΛΕΞANΔPΕA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress; rare; SOLD




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