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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Egypt| > RX90585
Roman Egypt, Nov 130 - c. 138 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.
RX90585. Lead tessera, Geissen 3584 (same obverse die), Milne 5420, Savio 11711, Emmett 4398 (R4), F, Alexandria(?) mint, weight 5.252g, maximum diameter 19.7mm, die axis 45o, Nov 130 - c. 138 A.D. (possibly later); obverse Antinous on horseback right, wearing hem hem crown, caduceus in right hand; reverse Nike taking flight left, wreath in extended right, palm frond upright in left; rare; SOLD










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