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View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Egypt| > RX91486Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt Ptolemy Soter wanted to integrate the Hellenistic and Egyptian religions by finding a deity that could win the reverence of both groups. The Greeks would not accept an animal-headed figure, so a Greek-style anthromorphic statue was chosen as the idol, and proclaimed as the equivalent of the highly popular Apis. It was named Aser-hapi (i.e. Osiris-Apis), which became Serapis, and was said to be Osiris in full, rather than just his Ka (life force). Ptolemy's efforts were successful - in time Serapis was held by the Egyptians in the highest reverence above all other deities, and he was adored in Athens and other Greek cities.
RX91486. Billon tetradrachm, Kampmann 14.84; Geissen 170; Dattari 253; Milne 226; BMC Alexandria p. 19, 157; RPC I 5281; Kampmann 14.84; Emmett 133 (R1), gVF, old collection toning, well centered, highest points flat, few spots of corrosion, Alexandria mint, weight 12.522g, maximum diameter 24.3mm, die axis 0o, 29 Aug 64 - 28 Aug 65 A.D.; obverse NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB GEP, radiate head right; reverse AYTOKPA, draped bust of Serapis right, wearing polos, LIA (year 11) right; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD
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