Drachm of Alexandria with bust of Antoninus Pius

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 156–157

Mint: Egypt, Alexandria


Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 21.31 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Nilus reclining left, holding reed in right hand and cornucopia with infant genius in left. Crocodile below.
Year 20 = AD 156/157.
Inscription in Greek.


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