Diobol of Alexandria with bust of Vespasian

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 71–72 (?)

Mint: Egypt, Alexandria


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 9.07 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate bust of Vespasian to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Bust of Sarapis to right, wearing modius and drapery on left shoulder
Inscription in Greek nearly entirely off flan.


By date unknown: Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt Collection (one of 302 Alexandrian coins [1985.1028–1985.1329] acquired by Godfrey Peckitt in Egypt prior to World War II); date unknown: inherited from Mrs.Godfrey Peckitt by Mrs. Perry T. Rathbone; July 11, 1969: purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III from Mrs. Perry T. Rathbone; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, November 27, 1985

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule