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Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome?, Portrait of Antinous, c. 137 - 138 A.D.?
On 30 October 130 A.D., 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 on this coin is year 8 of an era beginning with the founding of Antinoopolis.
Which side is the obverse is ambiguous and references diverge.
RX38975. Lead tessera, Geissen 3579 (same dies, smaller flan); Dattari 6445 corr; Emmett 4357 (R5); Milne -, aF, Antinoopolis? mint, weight 4.445g, maximum diameter 21.5mm, die axis 45o
, c. 137 - 138 A.D.?; obverse bust of Serapis right, modius on head, L - H (year 8) across fields; reverse draped bust of Antinous right, wearing Hemhem crown, L - H (year 8) across fields; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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