Coin



Accession Number
WK23
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Metalwork case
Object Type
Numismatics, Coin
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Dynasty
Second century CE/AD
Ruler
Antoninus Pius
Material
Metals/alloys (Silver)
Measurements
Width: 25mm | Weight: 10g
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A debased silver tetradrachm coin from the time of Antoninus Pius. It is very worn. The obverse depicts the bare head of Antoninus Pius, facing right. The legend is difficult to read, although ΑΝΤⲰΝΙΝΟϹ (Antoninus) is visible. The reverse of the coin contains a depiction of Dikaiosyne seated, facing left, holding scales(?) and a cornucopia. Dikaiosyne was the personified spirit (daimona) of righteousness and justice. She was closely related to Dike (Justice). Minted in Alexandria. Part of the Woking Collection, which arrived to the Egypt Centre on long-term loan from Woking College in 2012 (Engel 2020). Antoninus Pius was Roman emperor from AD 138–161. While Antoninus Pius never visited Egypt, several temples were decorated in his name. This includes Dendera, Medinet Habu, Armant, and el-Hilla (Contralatopolis). He died of illness in AD 161 and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus as co-emperors.

Bibliography

Engel, Dulcie (2020) The Woking Loan: a collection within a collection at the Egypt Centre. Available at: https://www.egypt.swan.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/WOKING-LOAN.pdf

Language
Latin
Script
Latin

Denomination

Tetradrachm

Mint

Alexandria

Obverse Legend

[...] ????????? ????????? (Antoninus)

Obverse Type

Bare head of Antoninus Pius, facing right

Reverse Type

Dikaiosyne seated, facing left, holding scales(?) and cornucopia

Last modified: 01 Feb 2021

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