Al Kowsky Posted February 17 · Member Share Posted February 17 ROMAN EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian, AD 117-138 (dated RY 22, AD 137/8). Billon Tetradrachm: 13.36 gm, 26 mm, 12 h. Obverse: Laureate bust of Hadrian facing right, slight drapery on left shoulder. Reverse: Nilus (god of the Nile River) reclining on the bank of the Nile River while holding a water reed in his left hand & cornucopia in his right hand; a crocodile is reclining next to him; in the left field is the date L KB. Dattari 1438; RPC III 6250; Emmett 879.22. Photo courtesy of Coin Archives/CNG. I've always admired the reverse design on this coin type & was determined to find an acceptable example that wouldn't send me to the "poor house". This coin type is common but very popular, so nice looking examples rarely show-up at bargain prices. This coin was struck in the last year of Hadrian's reign when he was 62 years old. He is considered one of the "five good emperors" despite some of his actions & questionable activities 😏. Hadrian married Trajan's 18 year old grandniece Sabina, but their union was almost non existent & scandalous. Hadrian was more interested in young men & boys. Trajan's empress Plotina greatly admired Hadrian for his values & Hellenic culture, & with her persuasion Trajan chose him to be his successor. Hadrian was an excellent military leader & went on many of the military expeditions. He dressed like a soldier & ate the same food they did. When he became emperor he gave the entire military a sizeable raise. Late in his reign, Hadrian fell madly in love with a handsome youth from Bithynia, Antinous. Antinous was a companion of Hadrian during many of his extensive travels, but during their stay in Egypt Antinous mysteriously drowned in the Nile River. Hadrian was broken hearted & his health seriously declined after that event. Hadrian had Antinous deified & many bronze & marble sculptures were erected in his honor throughout the empire. Hadrian's reign remained relatively peaceful except for the the Second Roman-Jewish War, 132-136. According to Cassius Dio, 580,000 Jews perished in that rebellion led by Simon bar Kokhba, Roman casualties were heavy too, with an entire legion perishing. Website members are welcome to post their coins depicting Nilus or any other river god 😊. 16 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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