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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Hadrian| > RX57438
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
The ancients did not agree on the attributes of Serapis. A passage in Tacitus affirms that many recognized in this god, Aesculapius, imputing healing to his intervention; some thought him identical with Osiris, the oldest deity of the Egyptians; others regarded him as Jupiter, possessing universal power; but by most he was believed to be the same as Pluto, the "gloomy" Dis Pater of the infernal regions. On this coin, Pluto's influence is evident with the fearsome Kerberos at Serapis' feet.
RX57438. Billon tetradrachm, Kampmann 32.456; Geissen 983; Dattari 1475; Milne 1255; Curtis 515; SNG Cop 342; BMC Alexandria p. 74, 615; Emmett 892, aVF, high relief bust, Alexandria mint, weight 12.516g, maximum diameter 24.7mm, die axis 345o, 29 Aug 127 - 28 Aug 128 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse L ∆W∆E−KAT (year 12), Serapis enthroned left, right leg foward, feet on footstool, reaching with right to Cerberus at feet left, long scepter vertical behind in left; SOLD











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