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Alexandria on Ancient Coins

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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In ancient times, Alexandria was one of the world's most famous cities, known for its lighthouse (Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and its library (the largest in the ancient world). Founded around 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great, it was Egypt's capital for nearly a thousand years, until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 641 A.D.
RX87686. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 204, Geissen 172, Milne 238, Kampmann-Ganschow 14.88, BMC Alexandria 163, RPC I 5289, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109, F, toned, light marks, tiny edge cracks, weight 12.464 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 65 - 28 Aug 66 A.D.; obverse NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AY, radiate bust right wearing aegis; reverse AYTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right wearing elephant-skin headdress, LIB (year 12) right; $110.00 (Ä93.50)


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provinicial Egypt

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Commemorates Hadrian's arrival in Egypt in 130 AD. Alexandria kissing the emperor's hand to welcome him in her city!
RX79844. Bronze drachm, Dattari pl. 75, 1610; Milne 1315; Geissen 1034; BMC Alexandria 870; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.509; Emmett 964; SRCV II 3716, Fair, scratches, weight 25.224 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 130 - 131 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right with aegis; reverse Alexandria (or Africa), wearing elephant-skin headdress, steps right towards the emperor, grasps and kisses his right hand, wheat ears and poppy in her left hand, he is togate with scepter in left; L - I E (left and middle field); huge 34 mm bronze!; $85.00 (Ä72.25)







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