Show your Alexandrian Coins

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  1. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    I just got in a copy of Keith Emmett's Alexandrian Coins and I am excited to peruse it → show me some Alexandrian Coins please.

    Emmett, Keith. Alexandrian Coins. Lodi, WI: Clio's Cabinet, 2001. Imperial 8vo., xxvi, [2], 332 pp. b/w illus., 13 line drawn pls., 5 maps. Blue cloth over boards with gilt spine titles and cover decoration.

    Review: Alexandrian Coins | ANS Magazine

    Here is my current favorite that I bought in January:
    Roman Provincial Egypt. Hadrian, 117-138 AD. Billon Tetradrachm.
    Mint of Alexandria, Egypt, struck AD 135/136 AD.
    Obv: ΑVΤ ΚΑΙC ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC CΕΒ - Laurate and bearded bust of Hadrian facing left.
    Rev: Nilus reclining on crocodile holding reed in right hand and cornucopiae in left; regnal year LK (year 20) in upper left field.
    23.5mm, 13.36g, 12h
    cf. Dattari 1436, Milne 1491, Emmett 879, Köln 1196, RPC 6087
    Ex. Pavlos S. Pavlou
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Considering the number of CT regulars that collect these, you might be sorry you asked. How do we select the ones to show?
    Domitian AE obol Griffen year 6

    Commodus tetradrachm Emperor on horseback year 21

    Julia Domna tetradrachm year 2 Nike in quadriga

    Gordian III tetradrachm eagle year 7 pa2157bb3169.jpg

    ....and my most recent one:
    Carinus tetradrachm eagle year 3 - honoring Legion Two Traiana
  5. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    I have oodles of Alexandrian, probably north of 160. My first Alexandrian was a tet and I thought it was incredibly ugly, truly offensive in terms of surfaces :D. Now I collect them :D.

    Actually, now that I think about it my first Alexandrian was a dichalkon of Hadrian, Memphites nome from a group lot.I gave it away never dreaming I'd collect them! :(

    I am fond of Emmett's system of organization and like that he generally doesn't assign different numbers for what seem to be inconsequential differences (bust direction, legend variations, etc). He doesn't have many illustrations but I now have two coins which are featured in Emmett. One of them is this Domitian/Agathodaemon on horse and the other I haven't yet shown.

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Domitian. Regnal year 10, CE 90/91. Æ diobol (25mm, 10.86 g, 12h). AVT KAICAP ΔΟ ΜΙΤ CEB ΓΕΡΜ, laureate head right / Agathodaemon serpent, wearing the skhent crown (emblematic of upper and lower Egypt), on horseback galloping left; L I (date) below. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) –; K&G 24.109; RPC II 2585; SNG Copenhagen 214; Emmett 277.10 (R5).
    Ex Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection
    Ex West Coast/Lloyd Beauchaine Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 41, 19 March 1997), lot 1110
    Ex Classical Numismatic Review Vol. XVI, No. 1 (January 1991), lot 31
    Ex Numismatic Fine Arts Fall Mail Bid Sale (18 October 1990), lot 2365

    Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 39 (this coin)
    Obverse illustrated in Emmett as the header for the Domitian section, p. 24 (this coin)
    Fully illustrated in Emmett, p. 26 (this coin, discussing the unusual reverse).

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Nero
    Regnal year 14 (CE 67/8)
    AE diobol; 27 mm, 10.9 gm
    Obv: NEPΩKΛAVK[AIΣΣEBΓEPA]; laureate head right
    Rev: L - IΔ; "vase" (Emmett), or "oinochoe" per others (others are probably correct)
    Ref: Dattari-Savio Pl. 1, 2 (this coin); Dattari cf 286; RPC 5322; Emmett 153.14; Poole (BM, 1892) cf 188?; Milne -; none in a few other minor references I own. Rare.
    ex Dattari collection (Giovanni Dattari, 1858-1923)
    I dropped the ball on following up about that thread and the reverse. One of these days I'll write the British Museum and finish the inquiries started in that thread. Unfortunately it probably isn't a six-bowled bong :D.

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian
    year 11, CE 126/7
    billon tetradrachm, 26 mm, 12.6 gm
    Obv: AVTKAITPAI AΔPIACEB; laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
    Rev: L ENΔ EKATOV: Canopus of Osiris right
    Ref: Emmett 827.11, R3; Milne 1205

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Marcus Aurelius as Caesar
    AE obol, 20.5 mm, 6.0 gm. Alexandria.
    Year 15 (CE 151/2)
    Obv: MAVPHΛICKAICAP; bust right, bare head
    Rev: Sphinx crouched right in the pose of the Great Sphinx of Giza; LIE (date) above in left field
    Ref: Emmett 1919.15, R5; Dattari 3221; RPC IV online 15684

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Lucius Verus
    year 4, CE 163/4
    tetradrachm, 24 mm, 13.51 gm
    Obv: ΛAVPHΛI OVHPOCCEB; bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust left
    Rev: Radiate and draped bust of Serapis-Pantheos right, wearing calathus and horn of Ammon; trident behind shoulder; ∆/L in right field
    Ref: Emmett 2360 (4), R1; Köln 2148; Dattari (Savio) 9420; K&G 39.77
  6. Alegandron

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

    Cool coins and cool book!

    Too funny, I have actually BEEN to Lodi, WI.

    Here are some Alexandria coins:

    RI Alexandria (yeah, Egypt) Livia, w Augustus Diobol CE 1-2 Æ 23.5mm 7.46g. Rev. Athena holding Nike Sheild ex Dattari-Savio Pl. 3 60-this coin RPC pag. 692-5-this coin RARE

    RI Valerian I 253-260 CE AE 20mm Alexandria Troas mint Horse Grazing.jpg
    RI Valerian I 253-260 CE AE 20mm Alexandria Troas mint Horse Grazing :)

    Makedon Alexander III Lifetime Tet Myriandrus mint-Alexandria near Issus.jpg
    Makedon Alexander III Lifetime Tet Myriandrus mint-Alexandria near Issus
  7. Ancient Aussie

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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Gee which one to show - I have accumulated a gaggle of them since last year when I started collecting these wonders of Roman Egypt. I think I'll pick a drachm of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar...

    Type: AE Drachm struck at Alexandria, Egypt, 33mm, 22.95 grams

    Obverse: Bare headed and draped bust of Aurelius right

    Reverse: Elpis Standing left holding flower and hitching skirt

    Reference: BMC 1238 listed as "rare" by R.A. Numismatics, and "rare" according to the Emmett catalog. One of my favorite quotes of Marcus:

    When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

    Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

    Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

  9. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I know we don't have a full set of rulers between us but I wonder how close we can come.
  10. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    Including one of Augustus, my favorite :) Just a humble Æ-Diobol:
    25 mm, 14.22 g;Egypt, Alexandria, after 19 BC
    Ref.: Dattari 9; Geissen 3; RPC 5005
    Obverse: ELA - ΣT Head of Augustus, bare, right
    Reverse: KAIΣAP Oinochoe
    I think the mintmark for Alexandria is ALE, maybe it is inverted on the obverse?
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  11. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Beautifull coins:happy:! I might get in trouble for being a "smart alec" but here coin from Alexandria
    AV Dinar ND Alexandria Mint
    Mameluke Rulers of Egypt/ Syria
    Al Zahir Rukn al-Din Baybars I 1260-77AD d80d6c4ed7ac0cdb93b5af70fc29bfa8 (1).jpg
  12. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    Only us 'old farts' understand this comment!
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  13. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    My only Alexandrian from this year...

  14. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    That is a great collection!! and I really like your Commodus.

    All 8 thousand+ would be cool, but denominations other than tetradrachm are kinda cool and I like the non-eagle reverses. I tried counting up how many Emperors there would be and it might take me some time - honestly there are a few I've not heard of :facepalm:

    I love the Domitian/Agathodaemon and just saw the images on p. 24 & 26 - that is a great provenance. It might be a toss up between the snake cowboy and that awesome looking Lucius Verus as to which I'd most prefer as my Saturnalia gift. :D When do we get to see the other Emmett coin?

    I'm almost halfway old but I'm not getting it . . . I can't imagine there is much there.

    Anybody read Confessions of a Numismatic Fanatic by Frank S. Robinsion which was published there as well?

    I think I wouldn't mind having a gaggle only a few at present. Love the quote and am thankful for the great life I have.

    Humble my butt! That is awesome!!

    We'll give you a little leeway since you're posting gold! (as always!!)
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  15. Clavdivs

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    This is my only one.. I think this is correct....

    Diocletian, Potin Tetradrachm, Alexandria

    Obv: A K G OVAL DIOKLHTIANOC CEB, laureate, cuirassed bust right
    Rev: Eirene standing left, wearing long chiton and peplos,
    holding olive-branch in right hand, transverse sceptre on
    left arm, L-B across fields (Year 2)
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018
  16. randygeki

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  17. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Here is my most recent Alexandrian coin.

    Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g. Laureate head r. Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue, L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
    Brown tone, About Very Fine.
    From the Dattari collection.
    Naville Numismatics Auction 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018

    Tiberius Dattari 103.jpg
  18. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That's a really enviable Hadrian tet, @dadams. When it comes to coins of Roman Egypt, I've almost come to expect worn and/or junky chunks of metal. And while that doesn't actually bother me much, looking at your coin, I realize that I've forgotten there are some bonafide beauties out there too.

    Some of my favorites...

    Marcus Aurelius, Tetradrachm. RY 13 of Antoninus Pius. Zeus. Ex Staffieri Collection.
    Marcus Aurelius - Tetradrachm Zeus Staffieri Dattari 2500.jpg

    A-Pi, Drachm. Tyche. RY 8. Ex stevex6 Collection. Antoninus Pius - x6 Drachm Tyche 2592b.jpg

    A-Pi, Drachm. RY 8. Zodiac series : Sun in Leo.
    Antoninus Pius - Drachm Zodiac Leo Helios 2248.jpg

    A-Pi, Drachm. RY 5. Nilus & Euthenia. Ex Robert L. Grover Collection of Roman-Egyptian Coinage, previously held by the Art Institute of Chicago (1981.413)
    Antoninus Pius - Drachm Lot Nilus Euthenia.jpg

    Severus Alexander, Tetradrachm. RY 2. Tyche. Ex Hermanubis Collection.
    Severus Alexander - Alexandria Tet - Tyche 2598.jpg

    Saloninus, Tetradrachm. RY 7 of Valerian. Ex stevex6 Collection.
    Saloninus - Alexandria Tetradrachm Eagle 2803.jpg
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  19. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    600 years between these 2 Tetradrachma's from Alexandria:


  20. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Nero and a couple of wives:

    Nero and Claudia Octavia.jpg
    Nero and Poppeae.jpg

    A couple of eagle reverses of Salonina:

    Salonina Alexandria Tetradrachm Year 14.jpg
    Salonina Alexandria Tetradrachm Year 15.jpg

    A couple of tetrarchs-to-be:

    Diocletian Alexandrian Tetradrachm Athena.jpg
    Maximian Alexandrian tetradrachm.jpg
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