Latest pick-up, my first Tet

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Spaniard, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    I've always admired the Tetradrachms and Drachms of Alexandria.....So it had to happen eventually that I would fall for one.
    This one didn't just 'call' it 'screamed' at me!....I can't put this coin down at the moment!

    Purchased from Ken Dorney's stock...

    I know there are a few collectors of Tets/Drachms here @Mat..@Doug smit...@TIF to mention a few that have shown some beautiful examples....
    An exact translation of the legends would be really appreciated...Also can anyone recommend a decent reference book on Roman drachms and Tets?...Or an online source?
    @Bob L..... Thanks for giving the added provenence to the coin...See below..

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 11.94 g, 12h). Dated RY 12 (AD 148/149).
    Obverse..Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right..ΑΝΤⲰΝΙΝΟϹ ϹƐΒ ƐVϹƐΒ
    Reverse..Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornucopia from which emerges a Genius; Iς (for 16 cubits) above, crocodile below. L ΔⲰΔƐΚΑΤΟV
    Köln 1594; Dattari (Savio) 2294; K&G 35.426; Emmett 1413.12.
    Ex Hermanubis Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 377, 29 June 2016), lot 269.
    For those who love 'Tets'...Check out this collection..
    Here's the OP coin..

    Please post anything you feel is relevant...
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  3. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    Fantastic coin! I was just checking it out on Vcoins yesterday, nice grab! I love the croc.
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A wonderful pick up.

    Here is my reclining Nilus.

    Hadrian (117 - 138 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ, laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder; to r crescent.
    R: Nilus reclining on crocodile, l., holding reed and cornucopia L Ϛ = year 6 (121/22 A.D.)
  5. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Great coin @Mat ....Interesting with the crescent above shoulder...
    Can someone give me a translation on the OP coin or a link? Thnks
  6. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Obverse is translated "Antoninus Avg Pius."
    Reverse is translated "Year twelve."
  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Super coin, @Spaniard ! I can see why to absconded that one...

    Here is my River God...

    Nope, not Nilus... It's the guy with the funky face, who is supposed to be the God over all the rivers in the world...

    Sicily Gela AR Litra Horse-Achelous 0.63g 13mm 465-450 BCE HGC 2 p 373.JPG
    Sicily Gela AR Litra Horse-Achelous 0.63g 13mm 465-450 BCE HGC 2 p 373
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Here's another L ΔⲰΔƐΚΑΤΟV ("year twelve") from the reign of Antoninus Pius:

    Faustina Jr Alexandrian Tetradrachm.jpg
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  9. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    With that fine smooth surface (some can be pretty rough) and the clear lettering that is splendid way of starting a good collection of those coins. Also it can be a way of collecting the issues of emperors (or their spouses) who are otherwise hard to get from the Latin mints.
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  10. dougsmit

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  11. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Glad you like the coin!....
    @Alegandron ...Great coin and love the bizarre looking Achelous!
    @Roman Collector ...Thanks for the translation really appreciated and a lovely Faustina junior tet?....These are quite difficult to find I think?
    @dougsmit ....Thanks thats exactly what I needed, ordered and on its way!
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