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Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome, Portrait of Antinous, c. 131 - 132 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. We believe the date on this coin is year 2 of an era beginning with the founding of Antinoopolis.
The Emmett reference has the bust of Hermes with a caduceus. Our coin could be Hermes with the features of Antinous and with an obscured caduceus behind. Emmett does not, however, note a crescent, which would be hard to overlook. There is no plate coin to compare. The reference may refer to our type or it may not.
RX39461. Lead tessera
, cf. Emmett
4328 (uncertain match, Nilus
rev, no crescent noted, year 2, R5); Dattari
gF, Antinoopolis? mint, weight
4.755g, maximum diameter
20.3mm, die axis
, 131 - 132 A.D.?; obverse
right, wearing hem-hem crown of Harpocrates
, crescent before, possibly caduceus
behind, linear border
; reverse Nilus
reclining left on crocodile
, raising Nike
crowning him with wreath
in right hand, cornucopia
in left hand, L B (year 2) left, linear border
; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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