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Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome(?), Portrait of Antinous, c. 130 - 153 A.D.
Antinous probably joined the entourage of Hadrian when it passed through Bithynia in about 124. He became Hadrian's constant companion and lover but 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 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. Artists vied with each other in immortalizing his beauty. Temples and statues to his memory were erected all over the Empire, and there began a Cult of Antinous. On this coin he is depicted in the guise of Hermanubis.
RX90575. Lead tessera
3559 var. (11.23g), Emmett
4397 (R4), F, Antinoopolis (or Alexandria
?) mint, weight
4.666g, maximum diameter
20.6mm, die axis
, c. 130 - 153 A.D.; obverse
right, wearing hem-hem crown of Harpocrates
, crescent before; reverse Serapis
standing left, wearing chiton
, and kalathos
, right hand raised, long scepter
vertical behind in left; rare
$140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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