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Alexandria on Ancient Coins
Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Otho,| |15| |January| |69| |-| |17| |April| |69| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
The Alexandrian coinage of Otho has a portrait with only modest resemblance to other coins of the Emperor. Perhaps the mint lacked an image of the new ruler.
SH73358. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5358; Geissen 245; Dattari 324; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 212; Kampmann 18.1; Emmett 182 (R2), VF, weight 13.190 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 15 Jan - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate bust right, LA (year 1) before neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆PEA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress; rare; SOLD


Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Otho,| |15| |January| |69| |-| |17| |April| |69| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
RPC notes that the priestly simpulum symbol appears on some of each of the five Otho tetradrachm reverse types. The types with the symbol are rare. RPC lists 16 examples with simpulum and 69 without it.
SH60659. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5353, BMC Alexandria 212 var. (simpulum), VF, weight 12.316 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 69 A.D.; obverse AYTOK MAPK OΘOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate bust right, LA (year 1) before; reverse AΛEΞAN∆PEA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress, simpulum before; rare; SOLD


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

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt,| |Ancient| |Counterfeit||tetradrachm|
J. G. Milne wrote in 1933, "There are scarcely any counterfeits or forgeries of Alexandrian coins in existence, other than those made in modern times." This is an ancient counterfeit Alexandrian tetradrachm of Nero struck with unofficial dies shared with counterfeit coins published by William Metcalf in "Two Alexandrian Hoards." The first of the two hoards, a "Hoard of Forgeries from Luxor" was acquired by E. T. Newell at Luxor in March, 1908. The American Numismatic Society Collection includes 76 pieces from the hoard. The counterfeits were probably struck c. 138 A.D., the date of the latest official prototype imitated in the hoard.
RX99623. Fouree silver plated tetradrachm, Metcalf Two, part 1, A Hoard of Forgeries from Luxor, Obv. V / Rev. 1 (unlisted die combination); cf. Dattari 204, RPC I 5289 (official, Alexandria), VF, toned, plating breaks, pitting, weight 11.137 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, unoffical counterfeiter's mint, c. 138 A.D.; obverse NEb KVV [KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEPM] (or similar), radiate bust right, wearing aegis; reverse AVTO KPΛ, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Alexandria right, L IB (year 12 = 29 Aug 65 - 28 Aug 66 A.D.) to right; very rare; SOLD


St. Helena, Augusta, 8 November 324 - c. 330 A.D., Mother of Constantine the Great

|Helena|, |St.| |Helena,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |c.| |330| |A.D.,| |Mother| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|
Helena is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches and famed for her piety. Her feast day as a saint of the Orthodox Christian Church is celebrated with her son on May 21, the "Feast of the Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles." Her feast day in the Roman Catholic Church falls on August 18. Her feast day in the Coptic Orthodox Church is on 9 Pashons. Eusebius records the details of her pilgrimage to Palestine and other eastern provinces (though not her discovery of the True Cross). She is the patron saint of new discoveries.
SH92346. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Alexandria 48 (R4), LRBC I 1417, SRCV IV 16631, Cohen VII 12, Hunter V -, Choice EF, perfect centering on a round flan, excellent portrait, sharp reverse, some golden toned silvering, flow lines, small closed flan crack, weight 3.369 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Alexandria mint, 327 - 328 A.D.; obverse FL HELENA AVGVSTA, diademed and mantled bust right wearing double necklace; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE (security of the Republic), Securitas standing half left, branch pointed downward in right hand, raising pallium with left hand, wreath left, B right, SMAL in exergue; rare; SOLD







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