Drachm of Alexandria with bust of Antoninus Pius

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 141–142

Mint: Egypt, Alexandria


Diameter: 33.5 mm. Weight: 20.48 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate bust of Antoninus Pius to right. Holes at ten and three o’clock.
Greek inscription worn off.
Reverse: Reaper standing to right, wearing a pointed cap, and a tunic, cutting three stalks of corn with a sickle in the right hand, a tree at the left, two bundles of corn on ground.
Date in Greek barely legible but it appears to be year 5 = AD 141-142.


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