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Commodus coin from Alexandria
ref. : en.838.2013 | 22 August 2013 | by Francis Leveque
coins | End of IIe century AD
Alexandrie, Egypte (Basse Egypte) ( Egypte )
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Bronze tetradrachm, 24 mm, 10.72 g.

Mint : Alexandria

Date : 188-189 AD

Recto :

M A KOM ANTω CЄB ЄVCЄB
Traduction : “M(arcus) A(urelius) KOM(modus) Anto(ninus) Seb(astou) Euseb(us)”, (Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Auguste Pieux)
Description : laureate head right

Verso :

L KΘ
Traduction :L KΘ”, (date)
Description : Corbita under sail right; Pharus of Alexandria to left.

Commentaire :

this coin was minted under Emperor Commodus (AD 177-192). This merchant ship is called Corbita . It does not have oars. Its square main sail is inflated. There are 2 stay cables and rudder without helmsman. The lighthouse is surmounted by a figure

This copy is close to two other variants of Alexandria var. 1 and var. 2

 
 
        
 

Bibliography :

  • G. Dattari, Numi Augg. Alexandrini (Dattari), Le Caire , 1901, n° 3903
  • A. Geissen, Katalog alexandrinischer Kaisermünzen, Köln (Köln ), Cologne , 1974-83, n° 2243
  • K. Emmett, Alexandrian Coins (Emmett), Lodi , 2001, n° 2542.29
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