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Drachm of Alexandria with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Hadrian to left. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Jugate draped busts right of Zeus Sarapis, wearing modius, laureate, and Isis, wearing disk and plumes. Inscription in Greek. Year 19 = A.D. 134-135. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

By date unknown: with Frank Sternberg, Schanzengasse 10, CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland (Sternberg auction 21, November 14-15, Hotel Bellerive au Lac, Zurich, lot 414); purchased at Sternberg auction on behalf of MFA by Spink & Son Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y6QS; January 25, 1989: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son Ltd.

Credit Line

Department of Classical Art Curator's Fund

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 134–135

Mint

Alexandria, Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 28.30 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

1989.27

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins