Drachm of Alexandria with bust of Antoninus Pius

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 154–155

Mint: Egypt, Alexandria


Diameter: 33 mm. Weight: 21.33 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius to left.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Harbor of Alexandria with Isis Euploia standing to left. Left and right at her feet seated Euthenia and Nilus. Prow of a ship in field at left and right.
Inscription in Greek for year 18 = AD 154/155.
See media screen for Greek inscription.


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